What makes this recipe especially fine is the unexpected splash of vinegar to brighten the flavors. That and generous fresh basil - because why would you use any other herb in late summer?
I like to add steamed flat Italian green beans and I adore the sweet tenderness of fresh shell beans - I prefer to shell the adorable red & white cranberry beans instead of the more usual fresh limas. With bacon that was our neighbor's hog, basil I grew myself, and peak-of-ripeness local vegetables this, for me, is late summer in a dish.
adapted from Epicurious: Gourmet August 1999
Late Summer Succotash
Over moderate heat cook until crisp
- ¼ lb bacon (~ 4 slices)
- 2 lbs fresh cranberry beans in pod (a delight in itself. Now I just need to find me a rocking chair and a big wraparound porch and a little early morning birdsong) - about 2 cups of beans