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Sep 14, 2013 10:03 AM

Got fresh lima beans + okra + San Marzano tomatoes + squash. Stew?

Hi everyone,
I'm trying to figure out how to make a stew that includes all of these ingredients. Of course I'd like the beans to cook thoroughly, and I've heard that the tomatoes would not allow beans to soften. So I'm wondering about how to time things.
Should I cook the beans with the acorn squash, and once they're cooked throw in the okra and the tomatoes?
Or should I give up on the idea of making one big stew of it all...
Thanks in advance,

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  1. Don't know if I'm too late but a stew out of these ingredients would be great, in fact, these make a great gumbo with some mirepoix, a roux and stock. I make it frequently. When using fresh beans like limas, you don't have to worry about the acid of tomatoes keeping the beans from softening. That is a problem with dried beans which has not been soaked or par-cooked prior to adding acid.

    1. Yes to the combo as stew. For a very flavorful stew roast the squash and okra in the oven first, sautee the beans with some onion and salt, and then combine for the stew vs cook all together in the stew

      1. I adore fresh limas but they only take about 8 minutes in boiling water. My guess is that the other ingredients take a lot longer to stew.