Silver Dollar City Succotash
Are your supplies getting low? Are you running out of new ideas for things to cook and eat?
Silver Dollar City in Branson to the rescue!
Are you rummaging through the depths of your freezer trying to plan for dinner? If you are, you’ll definitely appreciate a down-home, comfort-food recipe. This one comes from Silver Dollar City, the award-winning theme park in Branson, Missouri, that knows a thing or two about cuisine.
Fun fact: Silver Dollar City is the only theme park in the United States with its own culinary school!
This is a recipe for the park’s succotash, which is Silver Dollar City’s most iconic and popular food item. The recipe was introduced nearly 30 years ago by park host Shirley Tolar, who grew up making this meal with her large family and who still works at Silver Dollar City after all these years.
In the Ozarks, some people call this dish “Family Feud.” At Silver Dollar City, they use corn, squash, fried okra, peppers, onions and chicken in their succotash. If you’re missing one of those ingredients in your pantry, fridge or freezer, don’t worry … improvise! (Silver Dollar City serves more than 30,000 pounds of breaded okra each year, which is more than anyone else in the entire country. But in case you don’t have a bag in your freezer, substitute something else that sounds delicious to you.)
The park serves 125,000 pounds of its succotash each year, but years ago they modified their “serves hundreds” recipe to share with guests because they get so many requests for it.
Over the years the culinary team at Silver Dollar City has invented a whole list of incredible “skillet meals.” For their 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, which will kick off when the park opens this year, they’re bringing back a fan favorite, the “Harvest Skillet” that combines Ozark ingredients for a sensational flavor combination.
By the way, the iron skillets they use at the park are HUGE; they measure six feet in diameter. They were crafted by the park’s on-site blacksmith shop. Because, yes, this theme park is also the Home of American Craftsmanship, welcoming 100 demonstrating craftsmen in-season.
Give this succotash a try – you just might find out it’s your family’s new favorite. It’s quick and easy to make.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup white onion - julienne sliced
- 1 cup green bell pepper - julienne sliced
- 1 cup whole kernel corn - fresh or frozen
- 1 cup sliced yellow squash
- 1/2 pound chicken breast - sliced fajita style
- 1 - 16 ounce frozen breaded okra
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- In a large skillet, saute onions and peppers in 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
- Remove from skillet and set aside
- Add corn and sqaush to skillet cooking until soft.
- Remove from skillet and set aside in seperate bowl
- Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and chicken to the skillet
- Cook on medium heat until cooked through
- Remove chicken and set aside
- Add remaining oil to skillet and pan fry the okra until golden brown
- Add in the salt, pepper and garlic powder
- When okra is done cooking - add in all the ingredients and heat through.
Be creative! Substitute sausage (or any other meat you have available) for the chicken. Use what your family enjoys best OR Don't add any meat at all!
When we are all ready to travel again – make sure you plan a visit to Silver Dollar City. When they reopen this year, the park will be celebrating 60 years of entertaining guests. What a great place to spend your next vacation when you’re ready to go!
Silver Dollar City is an internationally awarded 1880s-style theme park located in Branson, Missouri, that features over 40 thrilling rides & attractions, live shows & concerts, 100 resident craftsmen demonstrating America’s heritage crafts, 18 award-winning restaurants and 60 unique shops – all sitting atop one of Missouri’s deepest caves. World-class festivals and events are showcased from spring through Christmas – during which the park is illuminated with over 6.5 million lights! Start planning your Branson vacation today!
Silver Dollar City sits on top of Marvel Cave, one of Missouri’s deepest caves. The caves feature a 300 feet below the surface walking tour for those that are adventurous.
At Silver Dollar City you can head back to the Wild West. In addition to dozen of rides, attractions and live shows, there are also more than 100 craftsmen demonstrating crafts like glass blowing, candle making, leather and pottery.
Throughout the operating season Silver Dollar City hosts six different festivals. From hearty sit-down dinners to delicious snacks on-the-go you’ll find delightful, award-winning food around every corner at Silver Dollar City. Explore all of the delicious options and plan your culinary adventure before you visit!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll visit again real soon . . . . Janice B