A modern-day succotash

Another example of vegetables being bad for you

Thanksgiving is not normally known for the vegetable dishes. Sure there are some classics that come to mind, like green bean casserole which I have always found to be absolutely disgusting, but usually the veggies get put on the back burner.

I always felt this was a shame since there are so many different vegetables in season during the fall. Not to mention everyone expects most of the dishes on the table a certain way already and the vegetable is usually the only thing left to get creative with. In that spirit, I took succotash out of the freezer section and changed it up. Granted, I omitted just about everything in a standard succotash and this may better be called a mixed vegetable medley, but I always liked the way the name sounded.

A New Succotash

  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 bulbs fennel
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 4 thick slices pancetta cut into long thin strips
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • Salt/pepper

Cut carrots in half and then slice the halves in half the other way. Core fennel, remove fronds and cut into quarters. Place on a baking sheet with garlic and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Roast in the oven at 350 until browned and mostly cooked through stirring often, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile snap and steam green beans until crisp cooked. Do not overcook the vegetables. Chop up the fennel and carrots into large bite sized strips and cut garlic into quarters. In a large saute pan fry pancetta with a little olive oil until crispy. Add vegetables and toss until mixed well. Add sherry and cook over high heat until evaporated, no more than two minutes. Serve immediately seasoned with fresh pepper and salt.

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53 Responses to A modern-day succotash

  1. Yuri says:

    I feel the same about green bean casserole. This is a great looking veggie dish 🙂

  2. nrhatch says:

    Succotash means “corn kernels” . . . so toss some corn in that there new-fangled medley. 😀

    Our Thanksgivings always included lots of veggies ~ sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, celery & onion in the stuffing, creamed onions, carrots, corn, beets, butternut squash, pumpkin pie, etc.

    Pretty much every color of the rainbow.

  3. ceciliag says:

    I love the sherry! and the fennel! such yummy good for you veges!! c

  4. seabeegirl says:

    That looks SO good! I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving this year. I’m sure everyone will be happy to see something besides green bean casserole!

  5. sallybr says:

    The first time I heard the name “succotash” I thought it had to be anything but food…. it just doesn’t “sound” appetizing for a non-native English speaker. 😉

    I’ve never had it, but your version seems much better than the traditional recipes I’ve seen around

  6. Never heard of succotash before but I do love my veggies and adding sherry – well, what’s not too like.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. Up to this point I had only heard of succotash in the phrase “suffrin’ succotash” from some cartoon character – I can’t remember which. As a dish it looks and sounds great.

  8. Ah so that’s what succotash is. I’ve heard of the name but never knew what it was.

  9. Aha – that´s succotash (kind of). Looks fantastic. In fact, chuck a poached egg on the top and let´s call it supper 🙂

  10. Carolyn Chan says:

    haha looking at the other comments I’m not the only one who didn’t know what succotash is ! Looks terrific.

  11. Can’t tell you how much I would prefer this version over the corn, etc. one.

  12. BrainRants says:

    Guys, you lost me at “fennel” on this. I assume one can make this without, maybe with more garlic and big chunks of onion.

  13. Sissi says:

    I have never heard about succotash (sounds like an Indian word…), but this dish sounds so much better than the usual, internationally hated cooked green beans.

  14. Looks great – much better than green bean casserole!

  15. Eva Taylor says:

    Nice switch-up! Anything with fennel would be a hit for me! Out thanksgivings always included candied carrots, green beans withgarlic and roasted almonds, braised Brussels sprouts with pancetta, and the old favourite garlic mashed potatoes! This one is so colourful, it could take the place of two sides.

  16. Haha, I love the caption. Unhealthy veggies = Thanksgiving tradition

  17. Judy says:

    I agree that traditional green bean casserole is a pretty bad, but a few years ago I discovered Emeril’s recipe for a made from scratch version with a Fontina cheese mushroom sauce, fresh green beans, and fried sweet onions–it was a worthy side dish.

    Your green beans look great with the pancetta and garlic…Yum²

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ll ‘fess up. Mom never made green bean casserole. Never. I made it one Thanksgiving, just to see what it was like. All the while I was making it, i kept wondering, “This is what everyone makes every year?” Your dish, on the other hand, would be a beautiful, tasty addition to any table.

  19. Courtney says:

    We are always looking for new ways to cook veggies. And green bean casserole is a definite no-no in Hubs book (though I always kinda liked it)…

  20. I have been away working with no time to check out the plethora of blog entries I am sure you have shared. Back home able to see what my blogging friends have been up to and I wanted to let you know that this recipe would be the best alternative to a typical green bean casserole for the Holidays that I have seen. And don’t you just love to say “succotash”? Thanks. T

  21. pursuitofhappieness says:

    This is beautiful to look at, and I am sure it is not too bad on the tummy as well =)

  22. “Sufferin’ succotash” (Sylvester;) this looks so yummy and a great colorful combination of flavors. I, sadly, leave the veggies to the bottom of my
    List when busy fussing with the turkey.

  23. i totally agree with you, this is a modern succotash and it really looks amazing. I think I actually like your version a lot better lol

  24. Charles says:

    I’ve never once heard of succotash, although it’s fun to say (imagine Samuel L. Jackson – “Suckah-tash!”. Since I don’t know what one is supposed to look like I’ll just say that this one sure looks great. A big meal without veg is no meal at all in my opinion – and this has loads of great flavours. Too bad I can’t buy Sherry anywhere in France 😦 I’ll have to replace it with port maybe.

  25. What’s a green bean casserole??? Whatever it is, this veggie dish looks equally scummy and I love fennel!

  26. spicegirlfla says:

    I love veggies and there are many at my Thanksgiving meal…but no green bean casserole! I would make this tho. I love fennel and the combination here is lovely. It’s hard to think of different ways to use green beans, but you’ve done a good job on this one!!

  27. Looks very tasty!! Addition of fennel is a fantastic one.

  28. Stef says:

    Your veggies look lovely! For folks that don’t cook with/consume alcohol, what should be used in place of the sherry?

  29. Ah, I’m glad to see my friend Sherry cracked a mention in there! Great name too, I’d never heard of this before.

  30. Kristy says:

    Nice! I like that you made a new veggie dish for t-day. I’m working on something too. I’m really sick of green bean casserole and want to bring something fresh and seasonal. And of course I love that you used pancetta in this – yum!

  31. I hear you on the green bean casserole..horrible stuff
    I love the colors in your recipe and i am sure it tastes heavenly

  32. egg me on says:

    Sufferin’ succotash! This veggie medley looks great!

  33. niasunset says:

    Beautiful photograph and I am sure so delicious too! I love vegetables… Thank you, with my love, nia

  34. Not a fan of green bean casserole either, but you add pancetta to green beans and I’m there.

  35. I am not a big fan of green bean casserole either. I do make it sometimes just for others. This looks really good.

  36. zestybeandog says:

    This looks divine! I love how you added pancetta!

  37. randommanda says:

    Wow- succotash with green beans, that’s never crossed my mind, but looks delicious! This may just be on our Thanksgiving menu! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Green bean casserole is disgusting – sorry, that sounds rather harsh! But your succotash looks delightful! Love the choice of veggies.

  39. Sara says:

    So that’s what succotash is. I admit i had no clue and only know of it as suffering (and lisped). Somehow I didn’t imagine it being green! (Otherwise I agree about green bean casserole. Screams cafeteria, cooked to death on a hotplate)

  40. SimpleP says:

    No comparison to succotash. This looks really good.

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