How To Make Succotash a True Native American Dish

During tough times, you wonder how you’re going to make it through the day with all the bills to be paid, children to put through school and meals to put on the table. Bills and schooling can’t usually be compromised, so you tend to cut back on food. Well, you’re in luck. Succotash, a Native American Dish is not just relatively cheap, but its ingredients can readily be found in most homes. It’s healthy too!

Originally, Succotash was made by simply sautéing corn and lima beans, or any other kind of beans available. It was quite popular during the Great Depression because its ingredients were very cheap. People then could easily buy them, or grow them in their backyards. It’s also known as a Native American dish because it’s easy to find and grow. Back in the day, when most people’s job was farming, this dish was not just easy to make, but it was also convenient since beans and corn were always readily available.

Here are the steps for making this simple, healthy, and inexpensive dish.

  • Prepare the ingredients. You will need 2 cups fresh lima beans, 4 cups fresh corn (cut from the cob), 3 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more if necessary) and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. These ingredients are often readily available in most homes.
  • Cook the lima beans. Among all the ingredients, lima beans take the longest to cook. You need to cook them in boiling, salted water for about 15 minutes. Here’s a tip. To know that the beans are ready, take one and cut it in half with a fork. If they are almost tender, not mushy and easily mashed, that’s when you drain the water.
  • Add the other ingredients. Add the fresh corn, butter and heavy cream. Remember to mix them well. You don’t want to be eating chunks of butter!
  • Stir the ingredients frequently for 7-10 minutes. While stirring the ingredients, slowly add salt and pepper. These 2 ingredients just add taste to the food, so the amount may differ from person to person. Stir continuously for 7-10 minutes or until the corn is tender and ready to eat!
  • Today, you can opt to add scallions, bell pepper and tomatoes. Also, to make it less of a “vegetarian” dish, you can even add bacon. These may be added to the Succotash recipe. Here’s how to do it:
  • Prepare the ingredients. You will need about 3 slices of bacon (you may use more) cut into 1/4 inch wide strips, 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper, and 1/4 cup scallion greens.
  • Cook the bacon. Use a skillet with moderate heat. No need to add EVOO because the bacon’s fat will serve as the oil. Cook it for about 5 minutes, flipping frequently, or until it is crisp. Use paper towels to blot the oil from the bacon strips. Set them aside to cool, and then blot them again to make sure excess oil is removed.
  • Add the other ingredients to the Succotash dish. Add the green bell pepper, and scallion greens. Then add the bacon. Stir well. You may again add salt and pepper to taste. When adding salt and pepper, you must do it gradually while stirring.

Tip: Add the harder vegetables first before the softer ones. The softer ones tend to cook easily.
You see, there are many ways you can make Succotash. You just need to be creative, and make do with what you have in the kitchen! Don’t be scared to experiment. Who knows, you might come up with a recipe of your very own!


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