Southern-style Succotash

Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

This amazing Southern-style Succotash side dish isn’t just a summer dish in many Southern homes, traditionally our family serves it on Thanksgiving and sometimes even around Christmas. That’s right; this delicious side can be enjoyed all year round!

 

 

Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.Before we get started, let us get to the history of this beautiful dish and how it came to be; Succotash, that savory combination of yellow sweet corn and lima beans, is an excellent dish with a long history. In the 17th-century Native Americans introduced the stew to the struggling colonial immigrants. Composed of ingredients unknown in Europe at the time, it gradually became a standard meal in the settlers’ kitchens.

Frequently Succotash contained corn, beans, and some squash, the Three Sisters, which the natives cultivated together in distinct mounds. There was winter succotash, made from dried corn, dried beans, and pumpkin, or summer succotash, made with fresh sweet corn, shelling beans, and tender summer squash. Fresh or dried meat or fish were frequent additions in the Succotash.

Succotash has made its rounds across the United Staes. Ask anyone from the Northeast, and you will find succotash is technical of a Northern origin of the Colonial States. In the South, we have just lent our spin and flavors to this classic dish.

 

 

 

 

Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

 

 

 

 
What ingredients are commonly used in the Northan Succotash Version?
  • Fresh corn or frozen
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cranberry beans or lima beans
  • Salt pork
  • small yellow onion
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Heavy cream, optional

 

 

 

Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

 

 

 

 

What ingredients are in the Southern-Style Succotash Version?
  • Fresh or Organic frozen lima beans
  • Fresh or organic frozen Sweet yellow corn
  • Hickory smoked bacon
  • Vidalia or sweet onions
  • Diced green or red bell peppers
  • Fresh or frozen organic okra, optional
  • Butter
  • Bacon drippings
  • Organic grape tomatoes or cherry
  • Garlic powder
  • Soul seasoning or Cajun seasoning
  • Seasoned salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fresh Organic basil, tarragon, or thyme, optional

 

 

 

 

Southern-style Succotash is packed with delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

 

 

 

 

Pro Tips for making Southern-style Succotash:

  1. When in season, fresh organic corn, lima beans, tomatoes, and veggies are recommended to be used in the Southern-style Succotash recipe.
  2. Offseason organic frozen corn and lima beans may be substituted in the recipe for Southern-style Succotash.
  3. Thick-sliced hickory-smoked bacon is what I use in my recipe; turkey bacon is not recommended for use.
  4. Sweet onions are essential in this recipe so that the flavor of the onions does not overpower the other ingredients.
  5. Organic cherry or grape tomatoes are used in this recipe, but diced Roma tomatoes may be substituted if need be.
  6. Soul seasoning or Cajun seasoning is recommended for use in this recipe to enhance the flavors of veggies and bacon.
  7. A pinch of sugar may be added if you want the corn and lima to taste a little bit sweeter than usual.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

 

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Where did Succotash get its name from? Succotash gets its name from the Narragansett language’ssohquttahhash,” meaning “broken corn kernels.” European settlers enjoyed the dish of lima beans and corn, and it remains a vital part of the modern American Thanksgiving menu.
  2. Which style of Succotash is better, the Northern-style or Southern-style? I have eaten both, and both are delicious and are made correctly.
  3. I don’t care for okra, is it necessary in this recipe? No, it’s optional, and actually, the recipe tastes just fine without the addition of okra.
  4. I don’t have access to organic fresh vegetables, or they are too expensive, what can I use? You can always check to see if you have local grown trusted Farmers’ Markets in your area or use what I did this time. Organic frozen veggies.
  5. Can I use canned or tinned lima beans and corn? I do not recommend store brand canned suitable for this recipe; it just never comes out the same.

 

 

 

 

5 from 5 votes
Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.
Southern-style Succotash
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Southern Succotash, Succotash
Servings: 8 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 8 slices Thick-sliced Hickory bacon cooked crispy, reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings
  • 1 medium Sweet onion chopped
  • 1-16 ounce bag of organic frozen lima beans thawed on the counter
  • 1-16 ounce bag of organic frozen yellow sweet corn thawed on the counter
  • 1 cup Organic frozen sliced okra
  • ½ cup Bell Pepper diced, may use red or green bell peppers
  • 1 pint Grape tomatoes halved, may use halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon Salt-free Soul seasoning or Salt-free Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Seasoned salt or to own taste
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper white pepper may be substituted
  • 1 pinch Sugar optional
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped fresh herbs Basil, tarragon, or thyme
Instructions
  1. In a large cast-iron skillet fry the bacon on low-medium heat until the bacon is crisp but not burned. Remove bacon once done and place on a paper-lined plate until needed. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings from the cast-iron skillet. Once the bacon has cooled Chop the bacon in small pieces.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the lima beans in salted water per the package instructions. Drain all but ½ cup of water from the lima beans and reserve both until they are needed.

  3. In the reserved bacon drippings, cook the sweet onion and red or green bell pepper over medium heat for 2-4 minutes or until lightly browned.

  4. Next, add the Lima beans, corn, grape tomatoes, sliced okra Salt-free Soul seasoning, or Salt-free Cajun seasoning, Seasoned salt, garlic powder, black pepper, a pinch of sugar, unsalted butter, and the reserved cooking liquid. Simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until the corn is tender.

  5. At this time mix in the chopped crisp bacon and the fresh herb of choice. (Tarragon, thyme, or basil may be used.)

  6. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes
Pro Tips for making Southern-style Succotash:
  1. When in season, fresh organic corn, lima beans, tomatoes, and veggies are recommended to be used in the Southern-style Succotash recipe.
  2. Offseason organic frozen corn and lima beans may be substituted in the recipe for Southern-style Succotash.
  3. Thick-sliced hickory-smoked bacon is what I use in my recipe; turkey bacon is not recommended for use.
  4. Sweet onions are essential in this recipe so that the flavor of the onions does not overpower the other ingredients.
  5. Organic cherry or grape tomatoes are used in this recipe, but diced Roma tomatoes may be substituted if need be.
  6. Soul seasoning or Cajun seasoning is recommended for use in this recipe to enhance the flavors of veggies and bacon.
  7. A pinch of sugar may be added if you want the corn and lima to taste a little bit sweeter than usual.

 

 

 

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Southern-style Succotash is chock full of delicious healthy organic veggies like sweet yellow corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and crisp smoked hickory bacon this Classic Southern side makes the perfect potluck dish.

 

 

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