Vegetarian Southern Succotash

A quintessential southern dish, easily enjoyed by itself or as a side
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Vegetarian Southern Succotash recipe by Waiting on Martha

Find me a hearty southern dish that serves as an easy side for a potluck dinner, or stands just as easily alone for dinner on a weeknight, and I’ll love you forever.  My Vegetarian Southern Succotash is one of those I-can’t-believe-it’s-that-simple dishes I turn to time and time again. 

Like any traditional succotash recipe, my Vegetarian Southern Succotash calls for lima beans and sweet corn combined with a splash or two of heavy cream to create a fresh, seasonal and rich dish.  You can really use any kind of shell bean here, but I always prefer butter or lima beans for their buttery taste and texture.  And the beauty of succotash is you can add a whole slew of other ingredients to the mix, like garlic, sweet vidalia onion, crisp celery, red peppers, jalapenos and herbs (and any of you who follow me on Snapchat know I have an herb garden ripe for picking these days!).  

My favorite herb to use with my Vegetarian Southern Succotash is freshly cut thyme and flat leaf parsley; it adds a bright, warm flavor to the summertime veggies.  And while traditional succotash typically has bacon, I made mine vegetarian with “faux” bacon which I promise still delivers that hint of smokey, meaty taste that we all crave.  Seriously SO simple and SO good…and dare I say it’s a semi-healthy comfort food?!  Truly, MKR 

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Vegetarian Southern Succotash
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
19 min
Total Time
34 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
19 min
Total Time
34 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of fresh lima or butter beans
  2. 1 vidalia or sweet onion chopped
  3. 3-4 celery ribs chopped
  4. 1 red bell pepper chopped
  5. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  6. 4 green onions chopped
  7. 1 jalepeno de-seeded and finley diced
  8. 4 garlic cloves minced
  9. 4 strips of faux bacon cooked and chopped
  10. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  11. 1 cup heavy cream
  12. A few sprigs of fresh thyme and flat leaf parsley chopped
  13. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven melt 1 tabelspoon of butter over medium high heat. Add in onion and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent. Stir in celery, bell pepper, and jalepeno cooking about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in beans, corn and 1/2 of the green onions and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add cream, remaining butter, 1/2 fresh herbs, salt and pepper to taste and cook on low for 5 minutes or until the cream has started to thicken. Right before removing from the heat add faux bacon and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and top with remaining green onions and fresh herbs. Enjoy!
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