Monday, March 16, 2009

Sufferin' Succotash

The other day I made succotash for dinner and wondered why corn and lima beans together got the name. Interestingly enough-this was a dish which was popular during the Great Depression. The name succotash comes from a Native American word which means boiled kernels. According to Wikipedia, succotash:

...was sometimes cooked in a casserole form, often with a light pie crust on top as in a traditional pot pie. In some parts of the American south, any mixture of vegetables prepared with lima beans and topped with lard or butter is called succotash. Succotash is a traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in Pennsylvania and other states. In Indiana, Succotash is made with green beans and corn instead of lima beans.

I can't imagine eating it like a casserole but I guess if times are tough it would make a filling meal of a veggie and protein. I wonder if there are other vegetable combos with interesting names.

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