So, I’ve made succotash before. You know, for Blogging Purposes. Way back in 2009 I wrote a Succotach post, but I feel okay about posting this one as well, because this one is Different.
And what’s so different about this particular succotash? Well, lots of things. And it’s still succotash. Because, as with many Many recipes, succotash is a term that defines a range of dishes. Pretty much the only necessary ingredient is corn. Also, some type of lima bean-ish item. As far as I’m concerned, this can be loosely interpreted to mean anything from fava beans to pinto beans. Aside from those two Pivotal ingredients, pretty much anything goes–toss in a bunch of cut up vegetables, or just a select few. Make a sauce that has some richness to it. Enjoy.
So, here are the rules:
- Saute your aromatics (if using). These would include onions, garlic, carrots, celery, green peppers–any vegetable that will lend a heady aroma and a roasty-sweetness to the dish.
- Add your other vegetables along with some stock or other liquid if you need to cook the vegetable (if they aren’t canned, for example)
- Add a splash or three of cream.
- Season to taste.
And here’s how I made mine:
- 4 slices of crisp bacon, , crumbled
- 1-2 tablespoons bacon grease, , from cooking Said Bacon
- 1/2 medium onion, , diced
- 1 clove garlic, , minced
- your favorite hot sauce, (optional but yummy. I used Gator Hammock, which is my favorite).
- kernels from 3-4 ears of sweet corn
- 1 cup fresh or frozen baby lima beans
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen sweet peas
- 1/2 cup or so chicken stock
- 1/4 cup or so of heavy cream
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, , to taste
- Sweat the onion and garlic over medium-low heat until softened.
- Add the corn.
- Turn the heat up to medium and continue to cook until the onions take on some lovely color to both the onions and the corn.
- Add a bit of hot sauce to taste along with the lima beans (they take longest to cook).
- Season with a heavy pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Give the lima beans a few minutes head start in cooking before adding the peas and a bit more salt and pepper if necessary. Please taste as you go.
- Add the cream now to give it a little time to reduce.
- Cook until all the vegetables are done to your liking.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. You may need to add more hot sauce, salt and/or pepper.
- Stir in the crumbled bacon, and serve.
You don’t have to make your succotash the way I make mine. But it is a lovely way to take advantage of fresh sweet corn and any lovely fresh beans or peas (or both) that you may find at the farmers’ markets or in your CSA share.
And there you have it. Sweetness from all the sweet vegetables. Salty-smokiness from the bacon. Richness from the cream. And a little heat courtesy of Gator Hammock. Use your favorite, but if you haven’t tried Gator Hammock, you are missing out. For real.
Enjoy, and have a lovely day.
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