Golden yellow corn, as bright as the prairie sun, ranks as the most universally accepted of all vegetables after potatoes. Pair good ol’ Midwestern mainstay corn with frozen soybeans in place of lima beans for an updated more palatable version of succotash.
Despite lowly origins somewhere in the frozen food section of a grocery store, succotash has earned a place on many a table. A simple pairing of corn and beans makes a hearty, go together fast dish that compliments other American-style food.
Doggone Lima Beans
One of my earliest childhood food memories involves succotash. Out of a disparate dislike for all things lima bean, I tried to feed each offensive green nugget to my always ravenously hungry dog. German shorthaired pointers are born and bred to hunt. Randomly dropped lime beans under the dining room table were easy game.
Fast forward a few decades. Vegetables are more favored components of the daily food pyramid. Yes, I will have a side of succotash, please. Plain old succotash has earned its rightful place.
No More Lime Beans
Just substitute those unpalatable lima beans please. Gone are the most despised of all veggies the offensively mealy lima bean. In its place goes a scattering of more solidly formed soybeans, otherwise known as edamame.
Frequently Featured Food
What else takes less than 15 minutes to make, has inexpensive virtually non-perishable ingredients and universal food appeal? Succotash is more than a holiday side dish and appears on the table well beyond Thanksgiving. Almost weekly during the colder months this ever-reliable side becomes part of the menu plan.
When fresh local produce disappears, succotash reappears. Succotash sticks around until late spring right along with the last of the snow. No more lima beans.
Ingredients:¼ cup water 1 cup frozen, shelled soybeans 2 cups frozen yellow corn ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter
In a large sauce pan, combine water and soybeans. Cook over medium heat for about two minutes. Stir in corn, salt and butter. Cook another five minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.