I freely admit that when it comes to corn I am a bit of a purest. Whether it’s corn on the cob or just kernels, butter and salt, nothing else. There’s one exception to that and it’s succotash. It’s something that is just a great side dish. The first time I had it was in a restaurant, years ago in Burlington NC. When my meal arrived there was this little dish of corn with all kinds of stuff in it. My first thought was that’s not going to taste good. I was very surprised once I tasted it. I finished it quickly and asked if I could have more. Anytime I find it on a restaurant menu I order it. Here at home I have only made it about a half dozen times. Usually after I have made corn with butter and salt my mind goes to why didn’t I make succotash. Last night was our family meal which was roast pork loin and corn is perfect with pork. Even with ham there is no better vegetable to have. The succotash was the perfect match for the pork roast and my family was happy to see it hit the table. It’s been about 5 years since the last time I made it. Our son ask if I took a picture and if I was putting it on my blog. Since I haven’t made it in years my answer was yes. Thing about succotash is there are probably as many variations as there are people who make it. Mine is made with things I know my whole family will eat, but it is still succotash. This isn’t my normal recipe for 2 people, this was to feed 13 and hopefully have leftovers. There were no leftovers and I could of made more.
You need a large frying pan for this and all vegetables should be cut about the size of a kernel of corn.
1 large bag of frozen corn
4 strips of bacon cut in 1/4 inch pieces
1 small onion diced
1 small rib celery diced
1/2 red pepper diced
3 green onions chopped
1 large roma tomato seeded and diced
5 cloves garlic minced
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Put the bacon in the frying pan and turn heat to medium, cook bacon until just about crisp. Add the onion, celery, red pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, and chilli powder, cook for about 2 minutes stirring often. Add the bag of corn and cook for 4 minutes stirring every 30 seconds. Add the green onions, and tomato and cook for 5 minutes stirring every 30 seconds and serve.