Bored and hungry? Make Silver Dollar City's Succotash Skillet

March 26, 2020, 12:51 PM · Missing that theme park magic while you're stuck at home? You've got to cook, so why not cook a favorite theme park meal? Today, the folks at Silver Dollar City have sent us one of their guests' all-time skillet favorites — Succotash!

Now, the park did not send us a six-foot cast iron skillet to cook with, but they did take the time to scale down the recipe for a family dinner that you can cook at home. Follow along, and let's start cooking!

Ingredients Serves four

1 16-ounce package Frozen Breaded Okra
1 cup Whole Kernel Corn (Fresh or Frozen)
1 cup Sliced Yellow Squash
1/2 cup White Onion, julienne sliced
1 cup Green Bell Pepper, julienne sliced
1/2 pound Chicken Breast, cut fajita style
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/4 cup Olive oil


In a large Skillet sauté Onions and peppers in 1 tsp pf olive oil.

Remove from skillet and add corn and squash vegetables, cooking until soft. Remove from skillet into a separate bowl.

Then add 1 tsp of oil and chicken. Cook on medium until browned and cooked through. Remove from Skillet and reserve until later.

Add remaining oil to pan with the okra. Fry until golden brown then add the salt, pepper and garlic.

When okra is done add back the Vegetables and chicken heating everything through.

Succotash Skillet
Making Succotash in the big Skillet. Photo courtesy Silver Dollar City

Blame me for being a California boy with limited experience cooking okra, but I let the okra sit out too long while we were filming the intro, so the batter started to melt off by the time it hit the pan. So I might suggest frying the okra first in hot oil if you really want to ensure that you keep the breading on. For me, even though a lot of it slid off, it still fried up nicely in the pan and the whole thing tasted delicious.

In fact, this has been my favorite meal that I've cooked on the Social Distancing Kitchen show so far. So thanks again to Silver Dollar City for sharing this recipe with us... and stayed tuned for another Outdoor Kitchen Skillet meal coming up on the show next week.

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Replies (4)

March 26, 2020 at 2:55 PM

My favorite skillet at Silver Dollar City. I cannot wait to try this recipe myself (rather, I cannot wait for someone in my house who can cook to try this recipe!).

When you are in the park they will often have the ingredients separated in the big skillet, and from time to time I will just get a big bowl of skillet cooked corn and squash. Oh my, so yummy all on its own. But I am a huge fan of corn - not sure what that statement says about me personally, but it is what it is!

Thanks again, Robert, for sharing these recipes!

March 26, 2020 at 3:47 PM

Robert, you wonderful man, thank you so much for your creative solution and keeping us entertained with these beautiful cooking lessons, I am loving it!!!!!!

March 27, 2020 at 8:25 AM

I've never been to Silver Dollar City, but I've been to Dollywood, and they prepare similar big skillet-style dishes. I'm curious if since the two parks are operated by the same company (Herschend) whether this concept originated in Missouri or Tennessee. Does anyone know? I had always thought Dollywood came up with the idea, but this insinuates that the big skillet concept came from SDC.

March 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

The park said that succotash is an employee's family recipe.

History that Russell knows but that I will share with everyone else: Dollywood was a Silver Dollar City park from 1977 before being rebranded in 1986 for Dolly Parton.

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