I used to hate lima beans ... probably because kids are supposed to hate them. I also hated onions, mushrooms, and hominy. I was obviously crazy, but I've since come around. Being vegan will do that to you. Since I've only known about my lima love for a few years, I'd never tried succotash ... until last night when I made Lima Bean Succotash from More Fabulous Beans by Barb Bloomfield:
I used baby limas that I hand-picked earlier this year at Windermere Farms, a small pick-your-own organic farm in Memphis' Raleigh neighborhood. I shelled the beans back in September, but didn't have time to cook them right away. So I froze the beans for later use.
The recipe is a little different than most succotash recipes I've seen. It's baked with flour, soymilk, and chopped celery and onion. I think most succotash dishes are cooked on the stovetop. But Barb is an awesome lady, so I trusted her version would be delicious. Barb lives on The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee (an intentional community of vegan hippies located about three hours from Memphis). When I visited the The Farm last summer (read about it here in the Memphis Flyer), I stayed with Barb and her husband and she cooked some WONDERFUL food!
The succotash was creamy and the tender baby limas almost felt (and tasted) like edamamme. I'm glad I have plenty of leftovers!
This weekend, my friend Sheridan gave me a copy of The Uncheese Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak! I've been wanting that book forever, especially after seeing all of Veganifer's yummy posts about Stepaniak's creamy cheeze sauce. It also doesn't hurt that The Uncheese Cookbook was also published by the folks at The Farm.
Since I had all the ingredients on hand, I whipped up this Herb & Tomato Cheeze Spread to smother on some crusty bread as a side to my succotash:
I love how it molded to the shape of my Gladware! It's not as hard like a brick cheese, but soft and spreadable. It reminds me of Cheese Whiz, only with thyme, dill, and tomato added. I served it on whole grain bread — the perfect side dish to my tasty succotash!