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Best Butter Beans Recipe

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Best Butter Beans Recipe.  Best Butter Beans Recipe ~ is one that simmers butter beans for 15 minutes with caramelized onions, celery, bacon and vegetable broth, giving them the soft, buttery texture with so much flavor; they are the BEST Butter Beans we ever had! Eat them alone or serve them as a side dish to compliment any meat or poultry. These butter beans are so good, they practically melt in your mouth!

 

Best Butter Beans, by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

My family loves butter beans and when I came across the fresh ones at the market, I had to buy them.  These are smaller butter beans, the size of your thumb nail.   They cook up pretty very easily.  You can use frozen butter beans or even the canned ones with this recipe if you can’t find them fresh.  Just give them a good rinse.

I served these butter beans as a side dish with our  London Broil Steak Grilled to Perfection!  They make a lovely side dish to accompany any meat entree.

I prefer using Vidalia onions.  First, you slowly caramelize Vidalia onions along with celery, creating a very sweet flavor, almost like sugar.  They’re the key to flavoring the beans, so you really don’t need to add any.  Then simmer the beans with vegetable broth until mostly absorbed.  Lean bacon along with the caramelized onions, celery and red pepper flakes give these butter beans their wonderful depth of flavor.  They’re rich and savory with every bite!

Try them!  Discover this little known treat as the Best Butter Beans Recipe!

Enjoy!!

 

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Best Butter Beans Recipe
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Serves: 4 to 6
 
Best Butter Beans Recipe ~ are sauteed and simmered with caramelized sweet onions, celery, lean bacon, crushed red pepper and fresh butter beans, creating rich and savory flavors making them the BEST tasting Butter Beans ever !
Ingredients
  • 16-ounce fresh butter beans, rinsed well
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion - chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery - sliced thinly
  • ⅛ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 slices of lean bacon - trim off excess fat
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Add in the chopped onions, and cook the onions until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the celery and bacon to the onions and reduce heat to simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes more, until the onions and celery caramelize, or turn golden brown.
  3. Add in the Butter Beans and crushed red pepper. Stir the butter beans and saute the beans for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and Cover with a lid.
  5. Simmer Butter Beans for 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Turn off heat. Taste, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted by My Recipes and Southern Living.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 25, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love butter beans! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Have a great weekend, Anna 🙂

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I got hooked on them ever since we moved down to Charleston. Most of our favorite restaurants serve butter beans as a side to compliment their entrees and now we LOVE them! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Susan
    August 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen fresh butter beans but use the canned ones in my baked beans recipe. Looks delicious!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Fresh markets here in Charleston sell fresh butter beans from time to time. I think you might find them in specialty food markets or at your outdoor fresh markets. But the canned ones should work fine. Let me know how this recipe turns out with canned butter beans. Have a great week!

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