Sunday, May 9, 2010

Meatless Monday - Succotash

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I'm a facebook fan of Paul McCartney, so when I saw this link, naturally, I had to follow it:
I'm not advocating a strict vegetarian lifestyle, but we do eat TOO MUCH MEAT in the US. It's bad for us, and bad for the environment! My only issue with this website is that the recipes use ingredients I don't often or ever buy, so I've included a succotash recipe which uses ingredients found at any grocery store, and doesn't take much time to prepare. There are many similar recipes online:

FYI: "Succotash" comes from "Misickquataosh, " a Native American name for a dish of corn and kidney beans cooked in bear grease. I thinks we can safely omit the bear grease.*

Years ago, my son brought this cookbook with a succotash recipe home from Williamsburg, VA. I am happy to see that it is still in print:

Christiana Campbell's Tavern Bean and Corn Succotash*
  • 2 C fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 C (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into tiny dice
  • 2 C canned hominy, drained
  • 1/2 C fresh or frozen baby lima beans
  • 1/2 C fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 C canned black beans
  • 1/2 C canned kidney beans
  • 1/2 C canned garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Place corn in a medium saucepan, Add 1 T water and cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the hominy and cook 5 minutes longer. Add the lima beans, peas, black beans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and heat over medium-low hear for about 5 minutes.

You can experiment with this recipe, and use locally grown (always the best option!) ingredients.

It would be fun to exchange real-life recipes which don't use meat. Have a great Meatless Monday!

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