Sufferin’ Succotash is a wonderful side dish for any meal; it’s even pretty enough to serve to guests. It is amazingly low cost and a super easy do!
Kids my age can’t think of succotash without remembering the lispy cartoon character who declared “Sufferin’ Succotash” at every dramatic turn in the story! When this popped up in my line of sight, any ingredients missing from the pantry shelves went immediately on to the shopping list because it sounded so good and so easy. I hasten to add, also, that this is easy on the food budget. I suspect this will become a comfort food in the Club House!
4 tablespoons oil *Olive oil is my #1 fave but use what YOU like. It’s YOUR dish, after all!
1 small chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped very fine
1/4 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and very finely chopped *Gringos are allowed to omit this! giggle
salt and pepper
2 cups corn *fresh, frozen or canned and drained will all do nicely
1 teaspoon sugar *This is the secret ingredient!
2 cups lima beans, cooked *canned and drained, frozen, or dry beans you have cooked and drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano *The Kitchen Police had no objection to my using dried oregano …
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered *OK, I used Romas. So sue me. grin
Heat the oil on medium. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion softens. Add more salt if needed. Add the corn, sugar, and salt again. It will take about 10 minutes for the corn to soften. Add a teeny bit of water if this seems dry as it cooks.
Turn the heat to medium high. Add the beans and oregano. Cook this for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and parsley and a sprinkle of pepper.
Now, for what it’s worth, it should be noted that The Normanator approved this dish, EVEN FOR GUESTS!
Incidentally, I served this with a very inexpensive piece of minute steak and this filled our tummies nicely. We even turned down dessert because it was such a filling and pleasurable meal.
As you know, this little blog was custom designed for users of SNAP or WIC as a way to strengthen their buying power with that little EBT card. We also intend that it is helpful for those who have food commodities, food from a food pantry or food bank. People who are frugal or living on a dime; people who have not, for whatever reason, never learned how to cook or shop or plan meals. We have a little series of cooking tips we send out when people join our merry band of foodies. We sincerely hope these have value for you and your families.
There is yet ANOTHER cute blog that found us! It is Poor to Rich A Day at at Time and it looks as if it will be good for Club Members, too. I hope you are all taking a moment to visit CT on a Budget and Creative Savv, also. These bloggers have been such faithful supporters of what we are doing here that it’s only fair we cruise by and leave them some love…
Tomorrow I hope to talk about one of my favorite subjects related to food—DISHES! We’ll see how that shapes up. If I find something good to eat, I’ll share that, too. AND if you come by the Club House, I’ll fill your glass with pure icy water. This heat is killin’ us all!
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