Maque Choux

Say what?  Maque Choux is literally pronounced “mock shoe”.  Don’t ask me why!  It’s fun to say and to announce that you are having “mock shoe” for dinner….though this recipe does not taste like a fake shoe!  So get ready!!!  Maque Choux is a traditional Southern recipe with corn, onions and tomatoes…which is PERFECT this time of year.  In addition to the traditional ingredients, I’ve kicked it up with okra!

Yes, okra!  Don’t scream, don’t shout.  Okra is wonderful and there is NO NEED to batter and deep fry it like the lunch ladies did when I was in high school.  Fresh okra is wonderful in stewy type dishes like this.  So, go ahead, try it…I dare you!

Our local grocery store doesn’t carry fresh okra that often but luckily there is an Amish community nearby and when they show up at the farmers market it’s like Christmas!!!  The great thing about this recipe is that you can use all fresh ingredients or if you are missing something go to your freezer for the corn or used canned tomatoes if you don’t have fresh.  It’s great either way.

Okra Maque Choux

  • 1-2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 lb Vegetarian Sausage, sliced and thawed (if frozen)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 cups Fresh or Frozen Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup Okra, sliced
  • 1 cup Tomatoes, diced (fresh or canned)
  • 2-4 Chives, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Basil, torn
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute the onion and pepper for about 5 minutes in oil.

Add the veggie sausage and garlic and cook for another 3-5 minutes.

Add the corn, okra and tomatoes and cook for approximately 10 minutes.

Add seasonings and serve.  With all the corn we had from the farmers market I just couldn’t stop and made some corn cakes in the oven to go along with our Maque Choux.


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  1. Jamie

    I’m sure this is going to be quite tasty, although being a northern girl I know this isn’t southern, it’s french! No okra in VT but I am going to try to make it since it’s been a long time since I had this!

  2. Love okra! Love it oven roasted, stewed, in soup (maybe even fried if someone else makes it) Your dish looks wonderful and fresh. Have a great weekend!

  3. This something I have never tried. But I would love to. It looks delicious.

  4. I know some people don’t like okra, but I actually do – very pretty dish!

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