Summer is corn-picking time, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy the bounty than in a Corn Maque Choux! (That's pronounced "mock-shoe".) It's a simple and delicious Cajun dish of smothered corn cooked in a medley of onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and garlic.
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No one is quite sure of the definition of Maque Choux, although choux does translate into the word cabbage. According to this article in the Shreveport Times, the dish may have contained cabbage. The article also says that the origin of the dish is believed to have come from the cuisines of plantation slaves and the American Indians.
The blend of cultures all over Louisiana, with all of its diversities, is what makes the state so beautifully fascinating.
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Making The Maque Choux
This recipe is my
When making this Maque Choux using fresh corn off the cob is best, but frozen whole-cut corn is a good substitute.
After cutting the whole corn from the cob, turn your knife over and scrape the milk from the cob. It will add flavor and texture to the corn.
This dish is so easy.
Cook the vegetables in a little oil until they are soft and falling apart.
Next, add the corn and seasonings and cook until the corn is done.Print
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 chopped whole onion, or 1 cup
- 1 cup green bell pepper, or 1 cup
- 1 large chopped tomato, or ½ can diced tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 pound whole cut corn, fresh cut (about 5 ears) or frozen
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- water, as needed
- 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
- Sauté onion and bell pepper in hot oil for 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add tomatoes and cook them for 10 minutes adding the garlic the last few minutes of cooking.
- Add corn and seasonings and cook until corn is done, about 10 - 15 minutes.
- Stir in ¼ cup of water at a time if more liquid is needed.
- Adjust seasoning to taste by adding more salt and pepper.
- Sugar may be added to sweeten the corn dish.
- The fresher the corn, the sweeter and the crispier the dish.
- Add a chopped jalapeno pepper with the bell pepper for a little heat.
- Any color bell pepper will work in this recipe.
- Add 1 can of creamed corn for creamier consistency.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Simmering
- Cuisine: Cajun
Keywords: corn maque choux
I have read where you can also add a bit of meat or seafood to the Maque Choux to make it a main dish meal. How versatile is that?
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