So I’m not exactly a fan of beans, it’s a texture thing I just don’t love. The health benefits of beans are lots of protein and fiber, but the taste can be a bit lacking. Like any good parents would do, I was forced to sit at the table until I cleaned my plate, and I’ll be honest I had a few nights were I fell asleep in the dining room chair due to beans. I find it my duty as an adult now to change my own mind about beans, now maybe I won’t love them all, but hey maybe I’ll love a few. Butter beans are a large white bean, kinda like a big sister to the lima bean. You can usually find them in a can or dry variety in the grocery store, and for todays recipe I just used canned beans. My thoughts began with how can I give these babies a flavor boost. I knew a bit of country ham was in order (I’m very pro pig),and for a spicy kick red pepper flakes. Now I’m not saying I could eat beans 7 days a weeks, but hey I would defiantly eat these more often. So maybe beans aren’t your thing either, but maybe give them another try, you just might surprise yourself…
from me two you,
1 can butter beans – rinsed and drained
1/4 cup country ham – cubed
1/2 cup water
2 T. grated onion
pinch red pepper flakes
3 T. olive oil
1 T. dried parsley
– begin by placing ham into small frying pan. add in 1/2 cup water and let the ham begin to boil.
– once ham is boiling, add in drained can of butter beans, and grated onion, and turn heat down to a simmer. let beans cook for 10 minutes.
– after 10 minutes most of the water should be gone (if not you can drain the beans) add in pinch of red pepper flakes to the beans and then add olive oil.
– turn heat back up to medium, and let the ham git a bit brown and crisp. once crisp, remove pan from heat, add in parsley flakes. serve and enjoy.