Rancho Gordo Chestnut (Christmas) Lima Beans
Laddie sent us a New Year's package from Napa Valley, these large speckled beauties. Not your everyday lima bean.
Rancho Gordo, a specialty food grower in Napa, California, specializing in heirloom varieties.
I checked out their website to see how to cook them. http://www.ranchogordo.com/ It's very retro. Worth a look.
Very earthy. A nice change from all of the rich food over the holidays.
Laddie's timing was perfect for our post-holiday, get-healthy regimen. Thanks, Laddie!
We kept the pot in the refrigerator and reheated them as needed. They got better and better each time.
Chestnut Lima Beans
Pick over the beans, place them in a large saucepot, cover with fresh cold water.
Soak 6 hours.
Add beans. Cover completely with water. Add bay leaf.
Bring to a complete boil, then turn down to a simmer, a very low simmer.
Cover and simmer for 1-2 hours or until cooked.
Add a generous amount of salt, and then cook again on very low heat for another 20-30 minutes.
Drizzle with olive oil and top with either the goat cheese or ham or both.