Lima Beans with Mushrooms and Celery

The last line of this recipe from my great-grandmother’s cards makes me giggle.

Cook 2 packages frozen Lima beans according to package directions. Wipe (don’t wash) 2 pounds musrooms with a damp cloth. Cut the stems level with the bottoms of the caps and then slice. Mince 1 medium onion. Cut 5 stalks crisp celery into 1/2″ pieces about as thick as a match. Saute the onion and celery in 1/2 pound butter until golden. Then add the mushrooms and cook them gently until tender. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons flour mixed with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. (The shaker-top flour canisters are good for this.) Toss until it is well blended. Reduce the heat and stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Add to the cooked beans and serve in a hot vegetable dish. Garnish with lots of paprika. (Mrs Appleyard has, on occasion, stirred in a little sherry just before serving.) 8 servings.


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  2. mrs appleyard sounds like my kinda cook 😉

  3. Sheesh…you would need the sherry to get that stuff down! No disrespect to your great grandmother!
    Happy 4th!

  4. I am not a lima bean fan myself Liz. Happy 4th to you too.

  5. Sparkina says:

    I personally think this sounds delish

  6. 🙂 I am glad you think so Sparkina. I hope you give it a try and let us know how it turned out.

  7. Oh my gosh! Lima beans are my most hated food and I can’t say I’m a fan of celery! This recipe is one of the grossest things I could imagine eating! I only mean this in the kindest way possible! : )

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