Some Southern Succotash

Succotash is as American as it comes. It was introduced to the colonials by the Native Americans and has been served at American tables ever since. The name “succotash” comes from the native word “msickquatash” which meant a pot of simmering corn with other ingredients added. The Native Americans ate it as a meal by itself, and often added dried meats as well as the “3 sisters”, which were corn, beans and pumpkin or squash. Today, succotash is usually eaten as a side dish. It is most often made with lima beans and corn and squash.

We were having fried chicken for dinner, which I most often equate with my southern roots, and I made southern side dishes to go with it. One of those side dishes was my southern succotash. I think the Native Americans would approve of this version too.

This colorful version of succotash was loaded with all kinds of good things. Of course I used corn and lima beans, but instead of squash, I added red and orange bell peppers, a jalapeno, red onions, garlic, oregano, thyme, marjoram and of course, salt & pepper.

Southern Succotash

1-2 cups corn

1-2 cups lima beans

1/4 red onion, diced fine

1/2 each red pepper and orange bell pepper, diced fine

1 jalapeno, diced fine

salt & pepper to taste

1 TBSP garlic

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried marjoram

butter and olive oil for cooking

I started off by par cooking the lima beans in boiling water, cooking them for about 5-7 minutes. Then I sauteed everything together in a combination of both olive oil and butter until the vegetables were tender but still had a little crispiness left to them.

Once everything was done, it was time to enjoy some good ol’ southern comfort food.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

9 thoughts on “Some Southern Succotash”

  1. This looks really yummy! I had no idea that succotash was a real thing actually. I always thought it was just something that Sylvester used to say šŸ˜€ I’m going to have to make this and let my hubby know what I’ve learned today!

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  2. I know Southerners are supposed to enjoy butterbeans and lima beans, but I never liked them. My dad loved them and grew a large amount. I hated shelling all those butterbeans when I was a kid. Now, I wish I could sit on the porch with my grandmother, dad, and mom shelling butterbeans and talking to them.

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