|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 25g||32%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||39%|
|Total Carbohydrate 47g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 9g||30%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 28mg||142%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Butter beans are a Southern classic, a warming dish filled with tender beans and lots of flavor. This recipe uses speckled butter beans, which are related to the lima bean but have a nuttier taste and creamier texture. When cooked in the slow cooker along with andouille sausage, bell pepper, onion, and Creole seasoning, the beans absorb the spices and become nice and soft, making for a comforting dish.
Butter beans are another name for lima beans and it is the term most often used in the South and in the U.K. Whereas butter beans are an off-white color, speckled butter beans are brownish-red with spots. Although butter beans are sold in cans, the speckled version is mainly found in the frozen section of the supermarket.
When it comes to the sausage, andouille or another spicy smoked sausage is best in this dish. The recipe calls for Creole seasoning, which is a blend of mostly dried herbs along with onion and garlic powders, black and white peppers, paprika. If need be, you can substitute a Cajun spice blend, but keep in mind the dish won't have the same herbal, earthy flavor.
The slow cooker means this dish is quick to put together and hands-off when it comes to cooking. Prep this recipe in the morning and you will have a delicious main dish at dinnertime. Speckled butter beans with sausage is traditionally offered with a side of cornbread, but you can also enjoy the dish over rice—perfect on a chilly night.
Gather the ingredients.
In a slow cooker, combine the butter beans, sliced andouille sausage, water, broth, bell pepper, and onion.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
Add the Creole seasoning and continue cooking for 2 hours more, or until the beans are tender.
Serve with cornbread for a delicious, comforting meal.
What can I use if I can't find speckled butter beans?
If your local market doesn't sell speckled butter beans, the best substitute would be regular butter beans. If you are having trouble finding those as well, you can use lima beans, cannellini, Great Northern, navy, and pinto. If you would like the dish to have the same dark color as the recipe with speckled butter beans, kidney beans are a good choice.
If you would like this dish to be looser and more like a soup, add more broth and/or water (a cup or two) to the slow cooker.