Maque Choux for Two

11 Jan

Maque Choux (pronounced mock shoe) is a traditional dish from Louisiana. It’s basically creamed corn with veggies and bacon, but let me tell you, it is a show stopper of a starch. This is not your typical corn dish. It is definitely not from a can and can make even frozen corn taste like summer’s best.

Here’s the recipe:

Maque Choux

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 cup red bell pepper, small dice
1 cup sweet onion, small dice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small bag frozen sweet corn
1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
4-5 drops tabasco
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onions and peppers in the olive oil and bacon fat. Add corn and toss together. Deglaze the pan with the wine and let reduce. Add in the cream and tabasco and let reduce. When the cream has reduced enough to coat the corn, season and toss in the bacon. Serve hot.

I served this along side of roasted chicken with arugula, but it goes equally well with beef, burgers, and pork. It canstand up to spicy cajun cooking and won’t overwhelm something as mild as a chicken breast (like we had tonight.) I know I’ve been blogging recently about eating better and paying attention to what’s going into the tummy, but I did do my Wii fit today and I really believe, everything in moderation, even moderation.

Winter is a great time to try this dish. It’s filling and satisfying. It can also be easily converted into corn chowder by adding in 2 quarts chicken stock and 1 large russet potato cut into medium dice.

Always thinking of the next meal


2 Responses to “Maque Choux for Two”

  1. Diane Grant January 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    I love reading your blog and recipes, will have to try mock shoe…..sounds good.

  2. Mom February 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    I love your recipes and I like to read the reviews too!

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