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Creamy Butter Beans with Ham
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4.25 from 4 votes

Creamy Butter Beans

Creamy Butter Beans have lots of smoked ham flavor. They're so thick and creamy and make a fantastic side for any southern meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 5 minutes
soak beans 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried large lima beans
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease or butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped smoked ham
  • 2 ham hocks
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning

Instructions

  • Rinse and sort the beans, getting rid of any broken pieces. Place in a stockpot or Dutch oven and cover with 1-inch of water. Bring to a boil. Place lid on pot and remove from heat. Let sit 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot or Dutch oven, heat bacon fat over medium heat. 
  • Add onion, celery, and carrots and saute until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add ham, ham hocks, chicken broth, water, bay leaves, garlic powder, thyme, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Once beans have been sitting for an hour, drain them.
  • Add beans, butter, and Cajun or Creole seasoning to the chicken broth mixture after it has simmered for 1 hour. Continue to simmer for 60 to 90 minutes. If liquid level gets too low (ie not all the beans are submerged), add more water.
  • Remove ham hocks. Let cool slightly and then remove any meat from the bone, chop it up and return it to the pot.
  • Serve as is for a side dish or serve over rice with a side of cornbread for a main dish.