With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Old Fashioned Baked Lima (or Navy) Beans

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Old Fashioned Baked Lima (or Navy) Beans

Homemade baked beans is a meal in itself. Tender beans in a rich, sweet sauce topped with bacon ~ what could be better! This old-fashioned recipe will soon become your favorite.

Baked beans are a staple side dish for a barbecue. This is what I made for our bible study end-of-year cookout. 

The pre-cooked beans are baked in a casserole dish and topped with slices of raw bacon, which is baked until the bacon is cooked. I love Lima beans but have made the same recipe using the traditional Navy beans. So, if you know someone who sticks their nose up at the thought of Lima beans, go ahead and make a substitution.

The additional brown sugar and mustard make the sauce savory and tangy.

A spoonful is just the right compliment with burgers off the grill. It may sound a little quirky but I place the baked beans next to the potato salad on my plate just so I can get a a little of both on my fork. Sooo good!

Give these beans a try for Memorial Day or your next barbecue.

Homemade Baked Beans


Preparation Time takes about 4 hours not including soaking time.

1 pound dried Lima or Navy beans
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp. minced garlic (refrigerated kind works fine)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
2 T. prepared yellow mustard or honey mustard
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 slices of lean bacon - cut into 1" pieces

Overnight soak: Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 6-8 cups cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Quick soak: Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 8 cups hot water and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Bring to rapid boil, boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain soak water and rinse beans.

Cooking Directions:
Add 6 cups hot water, bay leaves, and garlic to drained and rinsed beans. Simmer gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Drain. Discard bay leaves.

In a large baking dish or covered casserole, combine the maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper.

Stir in beans.

Lay bacon pieces over top of beans. 

Cover and bake at 350ยบ for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 40 minutes more. Stir bacon into beans before serving.

Looking for more detailed directions for cooking dried beans? Check out this POST (or click on photo below) for step-by-step directions with lots of photos.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

I know I'd love them and would like to try them with the lima beans:@)


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