Cherokee Succotash Recipe

Step 1

Soak beans, if using dry ones, for 3-4 hours. Bring the water to a boil then add the beans. Cook at a moderate boil for 10 minutes then add the corn, ham hocks, salt & pepper, and onions. Reduce heat and cook for 1 hour on a low heat. Got this one from a friend from grad school. He is a cultural anthropologist who also happens to be a Cherokee Amerindian. His passion is cooking and this is a recipe that he assures me is genuinely ethnic to his people in North Carolina. The changes from the items *'d are his not mine. The measurements have been converted for us as well. He claims we would like to measure out a hand- ful of this and a small pinch of that. Enjoy!

Things You'll Need

  • 2lb Fresh or dry Lima beans*
  • *(small ones are best)
  • 3c Fresh corn cut from cob
  • 4 Wild onions or pearl onions
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2tb Melted bacon fat
  • 2 Pieces smoked ham hock
  • 3qt Water

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