beef and lima bake

A Beef And Lima Bake Recipe From Betty's Cook NookLima Time

This recipe is dedicated to my much older brother Tim on his birthday.
Growing up I’m pretty sure he liked lima beans more than me.

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I don’t remember eating this dish as a child; probably because at the dinner table my eyes were rolled back in my head while I thrashed about. What child wants to eat limas? 

Years later, lima beans don’t seem so scary; I ate this dish and even had seconds. And I even woke up the next day and was able to write this post.

I read that lima beans are actually good for you with low sodium, fat and cholesterol so it turns out Mom wasn’t trying to poison us with horrible food. If my Mom were still alive I’d tell her the whole thing was just an unfortunate misunderstanding – mostly on my part – and that I do know tater tots are truly not better for us than lima beans.

Foodie Tips ~

  As photographed, I deviated from the recipe and used baby limas as I was trying to ease my way into things come “lima time.” I think these baby beans taste the same as the bigger Fordhook limas but they are smaller in size, as their baby name implies.

The Front Cover Of The Burpee's 1901 Seed Catalog  As a former lima avoider for many years I was obviously thrown for what a “Fordhook” lima bean is. You can read here about how these beans received their name and their relationship to the Burpee’s Seed Company. Quite interesting.

  As a salt lover, I automatically adjusted the amount of salt below since ⅛ teaspoon of salt is hardly enough to get excited about. :)

  The recipe instructions – I’m not sure what “turning” the beef mixture into a casserole dish means, so I performed a standing self-spin a few times while spooning the mixture into the casserole dish. Dizzying!

i. ingredients

1 package | fordhook lima beans, frozen
2 tablespoons | cooking oil
1 medium | white onion, sliced
1 pound | ground beef
2 tablespoons | parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon | salt
1 teaspoon | freshly cracked black pepper
1 can | condensed tomato soup

A Beef And Lima Bake Recipe From Betty's Cook Nookii. what to do

0. Preheat oven to 400°F.

1. Let the package of lima beans stand at room temperature while preparing the other ingredients.

2. Heat the oil in a skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook it until soft.

3. Add the beef, breaking it up with a spoon. Cook and stir until the meat is brown.

4. Blend in the chopped parsley, salt, pepper and soup.

5. Break up the lima beans and add to the meat mixture.

6. Bring mixture to a boil then turn it into a greased 1 ½ quart casserole.

7. Bake 20 minutes. The recipe doesn’t say whether to cover it or not, but I covered mine.

Yields: 4 servings. 


A Scan Of Mom's Beef And Lima Bake Recipe Card

porcupine meatballs

mom's porcupine meatballsLove Porcupines? And Meatballs?

You’re in the right place!

While making this dish, I noticed Mom’s original recipe card has tomato stains on it (see below). So that means this was a familiar favorite.

Thanks to us, it still is.

Grab Your Porcupines And Let’s Eat

i. ingredients

getting ready to make porcupine meatballs

¼ cup | tomato soup
1 pound | ground beef
¼ cup | uncooked rice
| cage free egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup | minced onion
2 tablespoons | minced parsley
1 teaspoon | salt
2 tablespoons | shortening
1 | garlic clove, minced
1 cup | water

ii. what to do

1. Mix ¼ cup of the soup with beef, rice, egg, onion, parsley and salt.

2. Shape into balls (about 16).

3. In a large skillet, melt down the shortening with garlic then add the porcupine meatballs and cook until brown.

4. Blend in the rest of the can of soup and 1 cup of the water. Cover.

5. Simmer about 40 minutes, or until rice is tender, stirring now and then.

Foodie Tips ~

Substitute the 1 cup water (above) with beef broth. You can thank us later.

 I’m not sure what the porcupine meatballs were served on (or with), but seems like they would be happy with some garlic bread and a salad.

 This dish undoubtedly gets its name because of the similarity between the rice and a porcupine’s quills. Squint tight and you’ll see what I mean.

mom's original porcupine meatball recipe card