Succotash is a classic American dish that is made with lima beans and sweet corn, and sometimes includes other vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions. The dish has its roots in Native American cuisine and is popular in the southern United States.
To make succotash, fresh or frozen lima beans and sweet corn are cooked together with butter or bacon fat, along with other desired vegetables, until they are tender. The mixture is then seasoned with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices to taste.
Succotash is a versatile dish that can be served as a side dish, or as a main dish with the addition of protein such as grilled chicken or fish. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, including sautéing, simmering, or even grilling, depending on personal preference.
In addition to its delicious flavor, succotash is also a nutritious dish, as it is high in protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. It is a classic American comfort food that has been enjoyed for generations and continues to be a favorite today.
PREPARATION TIME: 25 minutes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears of corn)
- 1 cup diced lima beans
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the corn, lima beans, tomato, salt, black pepper, paprika, and thyme.
- Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the parsley and remove from heat.
- Serve as a side dish or as a main dish with crusty bread.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:
- For a smoky flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder or smoked paprika to the dish.
- To make this dish heartier, add diced chicken or sausage.
Serve as a side dish with grilled meats or as a main dish with crusty bread.