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Old 07-13-2005, 08:36 AM   #1
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Fresh butter beans

Just scored some beauties, both speckled and green - anyone have any TNT recipes to share?

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Old 07-13-2005, 08:49 AM   #2
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we eat our butter beans 2 ways:
we make a soup with the butter beans (but ours aren't fresh; we use canned and add the liquid), cubed ham steak (sometimes a hamhock), hot sauce, onion powder or sliced onion and plenty of black pepper, plus a little ham base and some water.
otherwise, we just douse them in hot sauce and pepper and have them as a side dish, usually w/ steak or kielbasa.
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Old 07-13-2005, 09:34 AM   #3
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We call the speckled ones calico beans. Just cook them like you would ham and beans, with a ham hock, chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper. You can substitute Keilbasa or a good smoked sausage for the ham. Serve with cornbread...yummeeee!
I like to use butter beans in my baked beans...also love to cook them with cabbage, onions, garlic and tomatoes in chicken broth for a great low calorie soup.
I'll bet they'd also be good to use in an Italian "beans and greens" type soup.
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:18 PM   #4
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Tx, all - I'll have to 'tweek' a little for my vegetarian guys - sigh. But have found some veggie products that have a nice smokey flavor, so I'll be okay, i think!
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Old 07-14-2005, 09:38 AM   #5
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What kind of vegie products have a smokey flavor, marmalady? I try to keep my lunches under 500 calories, and every little bit will help.
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Old 07-14-2005, 10:45 AM   #6
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The 'Bacon bits' sprinkles give a nice flavor; I use them in soups and stuff.


Also, 'Ives' or 'Yves' - can't remember which - has a vegetarian 'Canadian bacon' that I swear you can't tell the difference between that and real Canadian bacon!

Or sometimes I just use a dash of 'instant smoke'.
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I absolutely love fresh butter beans cooked with a couple chunks of ham, some onion and with a big slice of cornbread on the side. Frozen aren't bad either when you can't find fresh, but I honestly detest the canned ones.
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I even like the canned ones. Sometimes when I cook my lowfat cabbage soup, I put a can of butter beans in for a "meaty" taste. I do always drain and rinse them, though.

I have a little bottle of liquid smoke that I've never opened. I'll have to give the stuff a try. Thanks for the hint.
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Careful how much smoke you add Constance, a little goes a long way.
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Thanks for the warning, Icy...will do.
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