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A Particular Lima Beans & Ham Dish

Subject: Lima Bean and Ham recipe from Golden Grain package 
From: Kendra 
Date: 12/1/2018, 2:04 PM


I grew up in a family of 4 kids. I am the oldest, and the only girl. Back in the 80's, 
my brothers and my dad would go camping for a few days in the fall. While they were gone, 
my mom and I had a tradition of making a delicious Lima Bean and Ham recipe from the back 
of the Golden Grain package. I think it might have had ketchup in it. Maybe sour cream? 
I can't remember the details, but I do remember that it was delicious and I can't find it!

I'd love to surprise my mom with this recipe when she comes to visit in January. 
It would blow her mind!

Thanks SO much,


Hi Kendra,

I have a question: If this dish was on a "Golden Grain" package, then it must have had a Golden Grain product in it. What was that product? Not ham or Lima beans or ketchup, I think. Golden Grain's main product is macaroni and other pasta. They have a website here: Golden Grain

One more thing: Was the dish more like a soup or a casserole?



The dish was more like a casserole. I thought it was Golden Grain but maybe it was another 
brand! Aah! The recipe was definitely printed on the back of the bag of dried lima beans...

Thanks for any help or leads you might have!


Hi Kendra,

Well, I cannot find any evidence that there was ever a company named "Golden Grain" or "Golden Grains" that sold dried Lima beans. I cannot find any Lima beans and ham recipe that mentions being on a dried Lima bean bag from any particular company at all.

Searching for a recipe with the ingredients that you give, I could not find one that called for dried Lima beans, ham, ketchup (or catsup), and sour cream. The closest recipe that I could find was this one, but it calls for fresh Lima beans rather than dried: Genius Kitchen

Omitting the sour cream, which you weren't sure about, the closest that I could find is the recipe below.

Omitting both the ketchup and the sour cream, I find a lot of recipes, but there is absolutely nothing to connect them to the recipe that you remember except for the fact that they contain dried Lima beans and ham.

Kendra, I know that you want to surprise your mom, but really, she knows more about this recipe than anyone else. She may not recall the entire recipe, but she might recall the correct brand of beans and enough details about the recipe to enable me to find it. She may be the only source of more information about it, even if it spoils the surprise.

I will post this for reader input. Perhaps one of my readers knows of such a recipe.


Lima Bean Casserole
2 c. dry Lima beans
8 c. water
1 c. diced ham
1 lg. onion, diced
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 c. molasses
1/2 c. ketchup

Combine rinsed beans, water, ham, onion, bay leaf and salt in large pot. Bring to a 
boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, approximately 1 1/2 hours, 
stirring frequently. Add water as needed, to keep beans covered. Drain and remove bay 
leaf, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
In a 2 quart casserole or Dutch oven, combine beans, cooking liquid and remaining 
ingredients, cover and bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, then uncover and bake 30 
minutes longer.

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