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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sufferin’ Succotash

Succotash is from the Narragansett Indian word ‘msikwatash’, meaning boiled corn kernels and that can’t begin to define this great tasting vegetable dish. 

A H Wray

It is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that Mom always served.  Consisting mainly of lima beans and corn, it's a simple plain dish.  Sometimes, she added a little milk or cream to the dish, and so do I.

Hopefully, Mel Blanc was a fan of succotash because he certainly helped make “Sufferin’ succotash” famous!   He was the voice for Looney Tunes’ Sylvester the Cat; you know --- the cat with the slobbery lisp.  The expression is said to be a euphemism of “Sufferin’ Savior.”  Daffy Duck was known to say “Sufferin’ Succotash” also a time or two.  Enjoy your succotash!

Simply Succotash


1-10 oz. pkg. frozen baby lima beans
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen shoepeg corn
3 T. butter
½ t. salt
½ t. pepper
1/4 cup milk or cream, optional


In a large saucepan, bring water and lima beans to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.  
Add corn, return to a boil.  
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
Drain corn and lima beans well.
Add butter, salt and pepper to corn mixture. 
Cook until vegetables are tender, about 2 more minutes.
Transfer to a serving dish.
4-6 servings

"Sufferin' succotash!"

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