Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs by cpeirson

Humble limas are transformed into a sensational Mediterranean spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.


1 10-ounce package frozen lima beans 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill


Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lima beans, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until the beans are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool in the liquid.

Drain the beans and garlic. Transfer to a food processor. Add oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper; process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl, stir in mint, cilantro and dill.