Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lima Bean Stew

Heidi at 101 Cookbooks posted a gorgeous-looking Christmas Lima Bean Stew recipe in December that I just had to try.  We are trying to eat more beans and grains in our house and this seemed like a great place to start.  As most of the continent, we have been hit with unusually plentiful waves of snow this year and soup is one of the best ways to combat the chill.  A big glass of red wine is another but that needs no recipe.

You might notice that there are a couple of bites out of the piece of pumpernickel above.  I forgot to think about pictures first and started chomping away.  Sorry about that.  I promise I'll get better.

Heidi suggests nearly 2/3 cup of olive oil to start and promised that it is necessary for the body of the stew.  I was definitely skeptical but she was probably right.  Having said that, I wasn't able to force myself to use more than 1/2 cup of the oil, and it was still beautiful.  This is a stew with few ingredients that really pack a punch, the sum being so much more than the parts.  It reheats well, makes a lot, is fine for the freezer, and the dogs enjoyed the little taste of it when I felt generous.

You can start this stew by making your celery salt. Yep, your own homemade celery salt.  This is done by toasting very dry celery leaves in the oven (or stove top) for about 20 minutes at 250 degrees and then chopping with equal parts kosher salt.  Easy peasy.

 While the celery leaves are toasting, start 1/2 cup olive oil in a saucepan.  Add 3 cups of sliced celery and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Add 1 cup of green onions, 8 sliced cloves of garlic, salt and black pepper.  Cook for another few minutes.  Add 1 can of diced tomatoes, 2 teaspoons of your homemade celery salt, about 1 pound of lima beans (already cooked), and 5-1/2 cups of water or vegetable stock.  Simmer for a few minutes or up to an hour and serve with chopped black olives and a few squirts of lemon juice on top.


Michelle said...

MMMM This looks delicious.

Becky and the Beanstock said...

Yum! And I love soups that call for a squirt of lemon juice before serving -- it really just brings everything to life!

Very excited about this blog -- can't wait to see what you try.

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