Succotash

Succotash

[suhk-uh-tash]

Succotash (from the Native American Narraganset language, msikwatash) is a food dish consisting primarily of lima beans (butter beans) and corn (maize), possibly including pieces of cured meat or fish. This method of preparing vegetables became very popular during the Great Depression in the United States. It 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.

Other uses of the word "succotash" include its use as the catch phrase of the Warner Bros. cartoon cat Sylvester (e.g. "Sufferin' succotash! They're Monstars!" in the 1996 movie Space Jam).

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