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Sweet corn and lima beans come together in this traditional cookout-friendly side. A little Southern flourish in the form of parmesan cheese, okra and bacon adds to its essence of summer and helps us forget that fall is right around the corner. Beth, Recipe Hunter

Beth Wittenstein, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter

THE RECIPE

Summer Succotash with Lima Beans and Corn

Sufferin’ Succotash, that’s a tasty mouthful!

This savory side dish got its roots from the Narragansett tribe who named it sohquttahhash, meaning “cooked corn kernels.” As the season steadily slows to its end, a few ears of fresh corn are just the thing to prolong the sunny vacation months. Traditionally made with lima beans in addition to corn, succotash has evolved to accommodate other summer produce such as peppers and tomatoes. A favorite at the Thanksgiving table in New England, succotash has also earned a place in the hearts of Southerners who often add cream or butter to make a thicker, more stew-like version. In this recipe, Christin pumps up the Southerness with flavorful ingredients like parmesan cheese, okra, and crispy bacon. Try adding an extra depth of flavor by grilling your corn first or pairing this hearty side along some grilled meat or chicken, and shove those back-to-school blues aside for a little bit longer!

THE CHEF

Christin Mahrlig

Food Blogger, Recipe Developer, Photographer

Christin Mahrlig

Cooking has always been an important part of my life and I view it as a much needed creative outlet. Having been raised in the South, I love to use fresh seasonal produce and a little bit of spice!

Christin, the lovely lady behind Spicy Southern Kitchen, likes to keep her food Southern and her attitude spicy! Her love of cooking comes from watching her great grandmother and grandfather in the kitchen and she cherishes the recipes she collected in her youth and the ones she has acquired since. Despite strong Carolina roots and a preference for Southern produce (think okra, peaches, and corn), Christin strays from tradition daily by daring to try new things in the kitchen and by experimenting with different recipes whenever she cooks. At Spicy Southern Kitchen, Christin will teach a thing or two about pushing your creativity in the kitchen to keep things interesting!

Head over to Spicy Southern Kitchen and say hello to Christin on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

THE TIP

An Ingenious Way to Shuck Corn

If you're never able to remove all of the silk when shucking an ear of corn, you're not alone. This ingenious trick removes all the silk for easy shucking.

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