11 hours ago
Monday, June 29, 2009
I just realized how the expression "Sufferin' Succotash!" from the cartoon characters Daffy Duck and Sylvester came about.
Growing up in a house of frozen vegetables and tater tots (not the good Ore-Ida Crispers!), punishment and suffering was being served lima beans. That was a fate worse than brussels sprouts.
That is how I learned to use my gag reflex, eating those pale green, dry, yet mushy legumes with my baked potato in foil, no sour cream allowed. My mom was mean. Look out.
I have made peace with brussels sprouts and actually LOVE them, roasted, or sauteed with bacon........so I think it was about time to make friends with lima beans.
Hell, I've never met a bean that I didn't like.
The June issue of Bon Appetit had a succotash recipe and I figured I would give it a try. I skipped the green beans and bought real lima beans and soaked them overnight.
Frozen corn, red pepper, a bit of butter and Old Bay Seasoning made this a delicious side dish.
No More Sufferin' Succotash: (adapted from Bon Appetit)
1 cup of frozen defrosted corn
1 cup of frozen defrosted lima beans (I used dried beans)
3/4 cup of red bell pepper, diced
1 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning (I used a whole teaspoon)
2 tbsp of butter
1 tsp salt
Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a heavy sauce pan and add your vegetables, saute a few minutes until crisp. Add in butter, Old Bay and season with salt.
Served along with this delicious recipe for Orange & Garlic Roast Pork Loin from bitchincamero, there was no suffering eating this meal!