When it comes to good old fashioned Southern cooking, my favorite things are usually the vegetables, most of the time even more than the desserts! I love garden fresh veggies, especially medleys of them, seasoned up just right, and served fresh off the stove. Succotash is akin to manna from Heaven for me, and I don’t think it’s blasphemy to say that considering God made all of the ingredients – well mostly. Although bacon isn’t a natural occurrence on it’s own, I’m pretty sure it was divinely inspired.
This is my recipe for Super-fast Succotash that appears in Taste of the South’s special Easy Southern Suppers issue, on newsstands now. This is a special issue that focuses on all sorts of wonderful supper recipes and is filled with budget friendly ideas and a great variety, as well as several of my recipes! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy being contributing editor for Taste of the South. Working with Hoffman is the most enjoyable work relationship I’ve ever had. They’re good people and they just feel like family.
This recipe is a BREEZE to throw together and uses frozen veggies to save time. I prefer frozen over canned because they are so much closer to fresh. Let’s get cooking!
You’ll need: Corn, Baby Lima Beans, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Parsley Flakes, Diced Pimentoes, a litttle bit of sugar, salt, pepper, and bacon.
Regarding the apple cider vinegar: I just love this stuff and I love seasoning vegetables and making salads with it. As a result, I keep a good supply on hand. Two or three gallons doesn’t seem the least bit odd to me but my poor husband thinks I’m the cider vinegar equivalent of the crazy cat lady.
Cook your bacon in a large skillet until done.
The recipe calls for four pieces, I’m cooking five. That fifth one is for me to taste to make sure the bacon is good enough 😉
It’s all about quality control, you know!
Remove your bacon from the skillet and reserve two tablespoons of bacon grease.
Save the rest. For information on what to do with it, click here.
Add frozen corn and lima beans to skillet and cook over medium high heat, stirring often, until heated through, about five minutes.
Add in crumbled bacon and all other ingredients.
Stir well and bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Serve warm and enjoy!
Note: Sometimes I double the vinegar and sugar for more flavor punch.
- 4 slices bacon
- 3 cups frozen baby lima beans, thawed and patted dry
- 2 cups frozen corn, thawed and patted dry
- 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3?4 teaspoon salt
- 1?4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Set aside to cool slightly; crumble. Reserve 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat in pan.
- Add lima beans and corn to skillet; cook until heated through, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in pimentos, parsley, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with bacon. Simmer while stirring until sugar is dissolved.
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