I'm really not sure why Jamie asked me about Succotash several months ago; maybe because he still enjoys old cartoons. Since then, I had wanted to find a good recipe for Succotash, but could not find anything that sparked an interest until after the history of it was explained and the dish cooked on a live cooking show on our local PBS channel. Succotash dates back to Colonial days using bear grease and the use of winter veggies. Now, I'm not one who keeps a can of bear grease on hand, so bacon grease it is! If bear grease smells anything like a bear, I'll stick with my Porky Pig in a jar that is tucked away in my refrigerator door.
Anything cooked in REAL bacon grease must be good, right? Well, let me tell you, THIS. IS. OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. CRAZY. GOOD!
There is something wonderful about this recipe; it can be an all vegetable side dish, or you can make it like I did the second time by adding chicken and it be the main dish for a meal.
It's hard to believe I second guessed myself when it comes to a dish cooked in bacon grease, but I did the first time I cooked it. I left out the chicken just to make sure the other two were going to like it. ~ Let's just say, food was flying like there was no tomorrow.
If you are a turkey bacon fan; don't even try it! Nope, Nope, Nope! Do not ruin this dish by using bird bacon, use the real thing ~ whole hog is the way to go! I cooked this dish two times and the second time (yesterday) I used turkey bacon... BIG FAIL! You know turkey bacon does not really crisp unless it is at the point of burning. Even if it does get crispy it will end up soft and limp by the time you are ready to eat. Crispy bacon = bacony bits to crunch on. You can see the what I'm talking about in the picture above. JUST DON'T DO IT, you will thank me later!
If you say "A WHOLE PACK OF BACON?!?!?!" remember packaging is not a whole pound anymore and this recipe is easy to adapt for your tastes. I never buy real bacon anymore because it is so expensive out here, so turkey bacon is usually bought except for when I make this. The first time I cooked this dish with real bacon and it was a REAL TREAT.
I'm going to tell a secret here... If you follow this recipe, you will have enough left overs for lunch the next day, unless you are feeding a football team or an army.
1 package bacon cut into pieces
1 onion chopped
1 cup squash diced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1/2 green bell pepper diced
1 can corn drained
1 can lima beans drained
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
In a large hot skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and drain all but two tablespoons of grease. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook until soft. Add the squash and cook until tender. Add beans, corn, and seasoning and heat through. Add the bacon back into the pan and serve.