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Succotash Recipes

Updated on September 21, 2014


What is Succotash? Basically, Succotash is a traditional dish made up of lima beans and corn. There are many varieties of the dish, adding tomatoes, garlic, and/or red peppers are a popular variations, as is making the dish in casserole form. Included here are three easy Succotash recipes.

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"Sufferin' Succotash"

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Sylvester the Cat says, "(Sufferin') Succotash was popular during the Great Depression in the United States, mainly because of the relatively inexpensive and more readily available ingredients."

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Traditional Succotash Recipe


* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

* 1 medium yellow or red bell pepper, diced

* 1 lb. (3 cups) frozen cut corn kernels

* 1 cup frozen lima beans

* Salt and pepper to personal taste


Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over high heat. After butter has melted, add the diced peppers, and saute about 4 minutes until peppers are somewhat soft. Add the lima beans and continue to saute, until heated thoroughly. Once the beans are heated, add the additional tablespoon of butter, and the corn kernels. Continue sauteing about 3 minutes until corn is tender but still crisp. Season with salt and pepper. Serves six.

Succotash Cheddar Casserole


* 3 ears of corn, kernels sliced from the cob

* 2 cups frozen lima beans

* 4 bacon slices

* 2/3 cup finely chopped red or yellow bell pepper

* 2/3 cup finely chopped onion

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon. dried oregano

* 2 garlic cloves, minced

* 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

* 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided

* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

* 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

* 15 coarsely crushed Ritz Crackers

* Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375°.

Boil lima beans in water until crisp yet tender (about 5 minutes), then drain.

Fry bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove bacon from pan, leaving about 2 teaspoons drippings in the skillet. Add onion, bell pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, oregano and garlic to drippings in pan; cook over medium heat until tender, mixing often. Stir in lima beans and corn, simmer.

Next, place flour in a small bowl; gradually whisk in 1/3 cup milk. Add mixture, remaining one cup milk, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to lima bean and corn mixture; cook over medium heat three minutes or until bubbly. Remove from heat. Add shredded cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and cracker crumbs. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbly around edges. Serves six.

Autumn Vegetable Succotash with Sage


* 1/4 cup unsalted butter

* 2 cloves finely chopped garlic

* 1 cup diced white onion

* 2 cups diced red or yellow bell peppers

* 1/3 cup chopped parsley

* 2 cups diced zucchini

* 2 cups diced yellow summer squash

* 3 cups frozen lima beans

* 3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

* 2 tablespoons fresh sage, coarsely chopped

* Salt and pepper

* Tabasco Sauce (Optional)


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.

Add onion; cook about three minutes.

Add garlic, bell peppers, parsley, zucchini, squash, lima beans, and corn to skillet.

Add sage, season to taste (salt, pepper, Tabasco); cook about ten minutes, until vegetables are tender. Serves six to eight.

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      6 years ago

      I remember hearing about succotash on TV in different shows while growing up and always wondered what it could be and you have answered that very nicely here, I think I'd like it with the cheddar cheese the best. That's it, "suffering succotash" was Sylvester!

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      6 years ago

      suffering succotash that stuff is good

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      6 years ago

      Never tried it (yet), but I just like saying the word succotash! ;)

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Tracey Boyer 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Would it still be succotash without the lima beans ? I really hate lima beans ! The rest sounds yummy, though. Nice lens :)

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      CottageDavid LM 

      7 years ago

      I haven't had Succotash in a few years. thanks for the reminder!!

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      7 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      8 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I have eaten succotash before, and liked it. It is popular in Wisconsin, where I grew up. Thanks for the good recipe links!

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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      I actually never heard of it until this lens (other than Sylvester, of course). It looks great and I'll definitely try it. I'm a vegetarian and I'm always looking for quick, easy and nutritious recipes.

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      8 years ago

      The Autumn Vegetable Succotash with Sage looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing recipes.

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      8 years ago

      Well, I think I would pick the Succotash Cheddar Casserole ... sufferin' succotash!

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      It looks good, but there is something about lima beans...


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