Succotash

Succotash makes a nice presentation on Thanksgiving and seems oh so traditional.  It is the one vegetable dish that reminds us of the First Thanksgiving. Corn and Fordhook lima beans make a tasty combination.  Our recipe is very different, we use a touch of cream cheese and a few smashed lima beans for creaminess.  Make it extra special and top with crispy fried bacon.

succotash

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Corn kernels from 4 ears of fresh corn
9 ounces frozen Fordhook lima beans
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup cream or half and half
2 teaspoons fresh minced onion
a small sprig of fresh thyme (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons softened cream cheese
Bacon crumbles for topping

 

1.  Cook the corn and lima beans according to package directions, drain well. Set aside.

2.  Heat the Butter in a skillet, add onions and sauté until translucent.

3.  Add the corn and beans, cream or half and half, thyme, pepper and salt.  Simmer on a low heat until it just reaches a boil.  Reduce heat to low.

4.  Mix the cream cheese with three tablespoons of the hot succotash - add back to the pan, smash a few lima beans in the pot and simmer for  a minute or two.

4.  Transfer to a serving dish and top with crumbled bacon.

succotash

Variation:  Substitute  kernels from 4 ears of fresh corn instead of frozen and add to skillet with onions in step 2 .

 

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