March 22, 2012

One of My Favorites: Balsamic Succotash


Although I frequently try new recipes, (and make things up on my own), there are a few recipes that I fall back on... things that I have tried, loved, and crave.

One such recipe is this Cooking Light recipe for balsamic succotash. Its an awesome side dish... simple, flavorful, EASY! 

Balsamic Succotash
Cooking Light, 6 servings

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1 10oz. package frozen lima beans
1/2 cup fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until onion softens, stirring occasionally. Add corn, bell pepper, basil, and beans; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, sugar, salt, and black pepper; cook 7 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Remove from heat, stir in vinegar. 

*Notes on this recipe: To simplify things, I often use a bag of frozen succotash, rather than using separate corn/beans. I recommend using high-quality balsamic to finish this recipe, as you can really taste and appreciate the difference. I like to use a specialty flavored balsamic (eg. Habanero Lime Balsamic Vinegar . 

I hope that you try and enjoy this succotash... I know that lima beans get a bad rap, but this side is delicious!