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Southern Butter Beans

Butter Beans are classic Southern side that pairs perfectly with all sorts of dishes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword southern butter beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 470kcal

Ingredients

  • 28 oz frozen butter beans
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • cup carrots
  • cup celery
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning or to taste
  • 12 slices bacon divided (6 crumbled for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon reserved bacon grease

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove bacon and bacon grease, then return 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease to the pot and heat.
  • Set bacon strips on a paper towel to drain and cool, then crumble.
  • Add diced onion, celery, carrots and sauté until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the butter beans, broth, bacon and seasonings.
  • Bring the broth to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 45 to 1 hour, or until tender.
  • Then stir in heavy cream and butter into bean mixture until thickened, about 15 minutes more.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and top with additional crumbled bacon before serving.

Notes

Recipe Tips

  • If you aren’t a fan of spicy foods, simply omit the red pepper flakes and Cajun seasonings.
  • But if you love spicy foods, try adding a touch more red pepper and Cajun seasoning to really give this recipe a kick.
  • To make this a vegetarian recipe, skip the bacon and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
  • Cook a few extra slices of bacon and reserve them until the end of cooking. Sprinkle the crunchy bacon bits over the top of the beans just before serving.
  • Smoked ham is a great addition to this recipe. Chop leftover ham and add to the beans along with the bacon and broth for a deeper, meatier flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 734mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1917IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg