This recipe is a simple recipe from my mother.
I have never hid the fact that my mother is not a good cook. There were a few things that she can make alright, but my mother never really got into cooking. The few dishes I remember my mom making was spaghetti, spaghetti pie, liver, stewed tomatoes, chicken and dumplings, and Hamburger Helper. But, when I was a kid and my mom would try to get us to eat our veggies should would always mix green beans (my favorite) and corn and sprinkle a little sugar. Her sprinkling sugar absolutely did nothing but made it difficult for us to enjoy vegetables naturally. In any case, it is still a classic and an awesome side dish that I will share with my children as well.
Let me tell you a story about how I told my mom that, basically, I didn’t like her cooking. I was a college student and I was coming home for the weekend My mom and I were discussing college and I mentioned to her that I really miss home cooked meals. Now, when I made that comment, I think my mother thought that was an invitation for her to cook for me something wonderful. My mother said that she was going to make me a big pot of chili for me to take back to the dorm with me. Externally I smiled and said that was nice, but internally I was really freaking out. You see,my mom makes a horrible pot of chili. There is no love in it. Her chili is just a big pot of tomato sauce, kidney beans, ground beef, and dried minced onions and there is more liquid than the rest of the chili. Its horrible! Later that day, I said these exact words to my mom, “Mom, I love you and please don’t hurt me when I say this, but I don’t like your chili”. She chuckled and said, “That’s fine”. WHEW! I dodged a bullet there.
I know that there is a huge supply of sweet corn and if you fell into the peer pressure to by a bunch for the cheap prices they are, you probably are trying to figure out what to do with all that corn. Well here is one idea! The thing about succotash is that you can add whatever you want. You can add peppers, onions, lima bells, or edamame. Get crazy!
- 4 ears Sweet Corn
- 1 lb. fresh green beans
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- Cut the corn kernels off the cob using a serrated knife. Cut the ends off the fresh green beans or any other damaged parts.
- In a large shallow pan, melt the butter on medium heat and add the corn kernels and green beans to the pan and allow to saute for 15-20 minutes while stirring frequently to make sure the veggies don't burn. Add the sugar, salt, and pepper and stir to blend and serve.