Beyond its two staple ingredients, corn and beans, we consider succotash an opportunity to clean out the fridge and use up any summer produce that has yet to meet its fate. It’s a quick, one-skillet dish that works as an accompaniment to any grill-kissed meat or fish (including the hanger steak pictured below), and we often turn it into a main course by adding chunks of crispy bacon and a splash of cream.
Recipe: Summer Succotash
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small red onion, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium zucchini or summer squash, diced
Kernels from 2 ears corn (or 1½ cups frozen corn kernels)
2 cups frozen lima beans or edamame (from one 10-ounce bag)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup shredded basil
The Field Method for Cast Iron Care
Preheat a grill to medium and place a No.10 Field Skillet on top (or preheat the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat). Add the oil, garlic, onion, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the pepper and zucchini and cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the corn and lima beans and cook, stirring, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the tomatoes and basil and stir briefly. Season the succotash to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Seasoning Rating: Better
Gently sauteing vegetables in oil—whether at the start of a recipe, or in this case, throughout the cooking process—is a great way to add a bit of seasoning to your cast iron skillet.
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