Sunday, December 10, 2006

Christmas Limas with Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts

A lovely celebration dish for the holidays, filled with sweet chestnuts and hearty Christmas Lima Beans. Christmas Limas are also called Chestnut Limas, because they have the nutty flavor and potato-ey texture of a chestnut. They are lovely, large beans with white and burgundy swirls that you can still see after the beans are cooked.

These Brussels sprouts are finely shredded and almost disappear into the dish -- a nice way to be sneaky with them if you or your family don't normally like them.

serves 6

1 cup dried Christmas Lima Beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 fresh Brussels sprouts, cleaned, ends removed, and leaves finely shredded
One 7 oz. package vacuum packed chestnuts or 20 fresh chestnuts, roasted and peeled
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Soak the lima beans overnight in water to cover. Drain, rinse, and place in a medium saucepan with fresh water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat; simmer until the beans are tender, about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Drain, reserving some of the bean broth.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shredded Brussels sprouts leaves and cook, stirring, until the greens are tender and beginning to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Add the beans, chestnuts, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and a ½ cup of bean broth. Stir together and simmer until the liquid has cooked away and everything is heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

14 comments:

Sean Carter said...

wow that was really a good one. will tell my mom to try it out surely. if u need some more recipes then you can check out my blog for more added fun.

Anonymous said...

Very yummy, I love all of your stuff.

Anonymous said...

Where can you find Christmas/Chestnut lima beans? I looked in my local Whole Foods and didn't see it. Do I have to go to an organic store?

Jennifershmoo said...

I picked mine up at my local Seventh Day Adventist health food store. You can see a picture and order them online here:

http://www.purcellmountainfarms.com/Christmas%20Lima%20Beans.htm

Anonymous said...

Another yummy recipe! I see someone asked where you get your limas. So, where do you get your chestnuts? Thanks, Hope

Anonymous said...

hmmmm... I am seeing that I missed the chestnut rush this year. And I'm not having much luck with vaccume-packed ones. Could dried be used in this recipe? Thanks again, Hope

Jennifershmoo said...

I have never tried dried chestnuts.

The vacuum sealed packages are available at Trader Joe's, and online:

http://www.amazon.com/Whole-Cooked-Peeled-Chestnuts-igourmet-com/dp/B0000D9NB5

Anonymous said...

I have found that dried chestnuts work well in most recipes. Soak and cook according to directions. Much easier than peeling them yourself!

By the way, has anyone tried this with different beans?

smartygirl said...

chestnuts are another thing you can find at a korean grocery!

Anonymous said...

I really think that there's no matter what we eat and what we drink on Christmas, It's more important who is next to you in this time.Find Christmas spirit in your soul, read Christmas quotes for feeling it, give your love! Merry Christmas!

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