Southern-Style Succotash

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
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Make this Southern-style succotash using Belinda Smith-Sullivan’s recipe that honors her grandmother’s garden. Every Southern cook has their own favorite recipe and ingredients for this warm-weather classic of succotash. But all will agree that two items it must have are lima beans and corn. This succotash recipe is sure to amaze all who dive a fork in it.

Photo by: James Smith

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Serves 6

  • 1 pound lima beans fresh or frozen
  • 6 thick slices bacon
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup sliced okra
  • 3 cups corn kernals, fresh or frozen
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unslated butter
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh basil
  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, cover beans with water by 1 inch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large caste-iron skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Reserving drippings in pan, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Once cooled, crumble bacon and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet with drippings, cool the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and okra until onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add corn, salt, pepper, and lima beans and cook until corn is tender, 5 minutes more. Add butter and stir until melted. Stir in tomatoes, basil, and crumbled bacon.
  • Recipe by Belina Smith-Sullivan, Trenton, South Carolina

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