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                           Lima Bean and Ham Stew
 Recipe By     : Jo Anne Merrill
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :2:00
 Categories    : Pork                             Vegetables
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3                    ham hocks
    1      pound         lima beans
    3      cups          chicken broth
    3      cups          water
    2                    garlic cloves
    2                    bermuda onions
    1      cup           celery -- diced
    1      cup           carrots -- sliced
    1                    bay leaves
                         hot pepper sauce -- optional
      1. Prepare lima beans by picking over to remove any debris that might be i
 n package. Rinse beans well. Cover with about 8 cups water. Bring to a boil, co
 ver and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat, keep covered and allow to stand for 1
  hour or more.
      2. While beans are soaking, prepare the ham hocks (or use meaty ham bones)
 . Combine the 3 cups broth and 3 cups water in a large heavy pan with lid; brin
 g to a boil. Add the ham and simmer for about 1 hour.
      3. Drain the beans, running hot water over beans briefly to rinse. Add the
  beans to the ham mixture. Slice the onions and separate into rings. Add the on
 ions, along with the carrots, celery, and bay leaf, to the pot. Mince the garli
 c cloves or use a garlic press; add to mixture. Add fresh ground black pepper a
 nd salt if you prefer. Ham is salted already so you may not want to add salt at
  this point. Pour additional broth or hot water over this mixture to reach abou
 t 1 inch above the ingredients.
      4. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring several times, checking to see if you
  need to add more liquid. After beans and vegetables are tender, remove the ham
  hocks or bone. Remove the meat from bones and add back to the bean mixture. Ta
 ste and add more salt or pepper if you wish; also add hot pepper sauce to your 
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 Per serving: 334 Calories; 8g Fat (22% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 41g Car
 bohydrate; 39mg Cholesterol; 639mg Sodium
 Serving Ideas : Serve with crusty corn bread and crisp green salad.