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.