lima beans

Smoky Succotash Salad

Smoky Succotash Salad

Smoky Succotash Salad

I was looking for a salad idea the other day and found the answer in my freezer. I had a bag of lima beans and some corn from last year. I also had a ham bone. Not what you might think of for a salad but I needed it to work. I started by putting the ham bone in a pot with some water and let it simmer for an hour or so- to get some of the flavor out. I added the lima beans and corn and cooked them until tender- about 10 minutes. I figured this would add flavor to them. I drained off the veggies, let them cool, and combined them with a sweet pepper and ham I’d cut off the bone. I still needed a dressing and since I had an open container of sour cream I used that. Here is the recipe I ended up with. It ended up tasting really good. Went well with steaks and tuna off the grill.

Smoky Succotash Salad

1 lb. lima beans, cooked and cooled

4 c. corn off the cob, cooked and cooled

1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped

1-2 c. cooked ham, diced

Dressing:

2/3 c. sour cream

3 T. apple cider vinegar

2 T. sugar

1 t. grated ginger

1 t. hot sauce, or to taste

salt and pepper to taste

Combine veggies with the ham in medium bowl. In small bowl stir together dressing ingredients until smooth and toss with the veggie mixture. Chill until ready to serve. Serves 6.

Basque Soup

Basque Soup

Basque Soup

We made this soup in class last night. This is a vegetarian soup that should satisfy most carnivores. It is made with butter beans, tomatoes, corn and onions. Add vegetable broth and some milk and you have a rich and filling bowl of soup in no time at all. You can also make this soup vegan- we did in class last night- by using almond  milk in place of the dairy milk.

Basque Soup

1 c. chopped onions

1 1/2 c. chopped celery

1/4 c. oil

1/4 c. flour

3 c. milk*

1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can whole kernel corn, undrained

3-4 cans butter beans, drained and rinsed

3-4 cups water and 1T. paste-type vegetable soup base

or 3-4 cups vegetable broth

pepper to taste

hot pepper sauce to taste

shredded mild cheese, optional

 Sauté onions and celery in oil until tender. Stir in flour until smooth and add milk, stirring to keep lumps from forming. Stir over medium heat until milk has thickened and begins to boil. Stir constantly as mixture simmers for an additional minute or two. Add remaining ingredients, except cheese and bring up to a simmer. Adjust seasonings. Ladle into bowls and top with cheese, if desired. Serves 8-10.

Note: You can use almond, rice or soy milk in place of the dairy milk, if you like.