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Lima Beans with Chorizo

March/April 2007

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A bit of chorizo sausage gives these beans a sassy hit of smoke and spice. Serve them as is (on small plates) or heaped onto slices of garlic-rubbed toast.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I made this with 2/3 the called for lima beans and skipped the sherry vinegar since I didn't have any and didn't want to buy any for just one recipe. I still thought it came out really tasty. Still not a fan of the way chorizo smells...
Lima Beans with Chorizo

Makes: 12 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, minced
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat Spanish-style chorizo, finely diced (see Tip)
  • 3 10-ounce packages frozen baby lima beans
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, thyme and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes more. Add lima beans, wine, broth and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar and salt. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare up to 2 days in advance. Bring to room temperature or reheat on medium-low heat before serving.
  • Tip: Spanish-style chorizo is a seasoned, smoked pork sausage commonly used in tapas dishes, but it's rather high in fat. There is also a Mexican style of chorizo, typically uncooked; the Spanish chorizo is fully cooked. Wellshire Farms offers a delicious reduced-fat Spanish-style chorizo, available at Whole Foods and wellshirefarms.com. If you can't find reduced-fat chorizo but still want to keep the fat in check, use just 1 ounce of full-fat chorizo in this recipe.

Nutrition

Per serving: 150 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 5 g fiber; 125 mg sodium; 357 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (35% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 very lean meat, 1 fat


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