If you watched Looney Tunes as a kid, you probably remember Sylvester’s, “Sufferin’ succotash!” When I think about this dish, it’s his voice that usually says the name.
Over and over and over and… over.
But, ain’t no sufferin’ here. Tim, who is not a huge fan of squash, loved this. He asked for more and there wasn’t any. So I made it again the other day.
This isn’t a perfectly traditional succotash because I didn’t have any lima beans or edamame. I used green beans instead. They were great. I’ve read that you could also add beans, like black beans. I think that would be terrific. I didn’t have bell peppers, but wanted to add some hot pepper. Fabulous! If I had eggplant, I probably would have thrown some in. Peas? Sure! It’s one of those dishes that lends well to not just summer, but what I had in the kitchen.
The smell of basil always makes me think of summer. It pairs so well with everything in this dish. I couldn’t leave it out. I’ve noticed that I like the taste of basil better in the summer. It’s been about 8 years of us eating seasonally and I can see it in the things I start to crave as the weather changes.
I found this to be a perfectly satisfying main dish. So did Tim. We had it once with a fried egg on the side, another time with a slice of cornbread. The thought of both is making my mouth water.
Here’s to long summer days, hot weather (only because my tomatoes like it), and simple dinners like these, eaten outside with loved ones.
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 C green beans, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 C corn (about 3 cobs) (frozen corn could be used)
- 2 C summer squash, chopped
- (could also add: eggplant, bell pepper, peas, black beans, lima beans, edamame, or fava beans)
- 1-2 T hot pepper (optional), ribs and seeds removed (if you want), diced
- to taste salt
- to taste pepper
- 1 C (heaping) tomato, chopped
- 1 T garlic (about 2 cloves), diced
- 1 t vinegar (white, red wine, rice)
- 2 T basil, chopped, for topping
- Heat skillet over medium-low. Add oil. Add green beans through pepper. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add tomato and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Remove from heat and add vinegar.
- Serve topped with fresh basil.