Succotash (Native American)

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Succotash (Native American)
Succotash (Native American) Electus
Succotash without the squash
Servings:Serves 4
Ready in:35 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:20 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty

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Succotash is standard American fare, the addition of squash probably makes the a more traditional recipe. Succotash (from the native American Narragansett; msíckquatash, "boiled corn kernels") is a food dish consisting primarily of lima beans, carrots and sweetcorn, possibly including pieces of cured meat or fish.

This method of preparing vegetables became very popular during the Great Depression in the United States. It was sometimes cooked in a casserole form, often with a light pie crust on top as in a traditional pot pie. In some parts of the American south, any mixture of vegetables prepared with lima beans and topped with lard or butter is called succotash. Succotash is a traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in Pennsylvania and other states. In Indiana, Succotash is made with green beans and corn instead of lima beans.

Other uses of the word "succotash" include its use as the catch phrase of the Warner Bros. cartoon cat Sylvester; "Sufferin' succotash

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  • Bunch of finely chopped coriander leaves, stems discarded
  • Squeeze of lemon or lime juice


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok until smoking
  2. Add the corn, peppers and onions and sauté until the onions start to take a little colour, about 6 to 7 minutes
  3. Reduce the heat, add the garlic, squash cubes, salt, pepper and cumin and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the stock and the lima beans and simmer until the squash is tender

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Serve garnished with coriander and lime juice


If you cannot obtain lima beans then try fava beans, broad beans, flageolet beans, Sufferin' succotash - use any beans - just try the recipe!

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