I know this title sounds underwhelming. It's not. Honestly, this dish is one of my favorite things in life. Less than five ingredients. Pure bliss.
I first saw this recipe on Orangette. It was way back in 2008, and even with the election mention, these beans were totally worth any annoyance. I like to use fresh limas, just because I think they've got to be better than frozen - but use what you have.
The ingredients are: beans, water, salt, pepper, butter, and cream. That's it. Simmer the beans in water until tender and then after draining let them swim in cream and butter. These beans are velvety, rich, and totally satisfying. I could have eaten the whole bowl, but my dad loves these as much as I do - guess I'll share.