Saturday, August 22, 2015

Corn Maque Choux, A Cajun and Creole Summer favorite!

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I've got a recipe most of you have seen before, and probably a few have tried. But I hadn't so I decided to see what all the fuss was about corn maque choux.  We've got tons of fresh corn right now and it's DELICIOUS but the thing about growing your own corn is that it tends to get ripe in big batches. 
I needed a few recipes to use up all this corn!
 So, cut the kernels from 4-5 ears of fresh, cooked corn.
Dice half an onion
Roughly chop one bell pepper

 Sautee with 1 TB of butter and 1tsp of chopped garlic until the onion is cooked through.
Add 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 TB of sugar (really)
Cook another few minutes, mixing well
Whisk 1 egg into a 1/2 cup of whole milk
Add slowly to the hot pan, mixing as you go
Allow to cook thoroughly another 4-5 minutes.
 My kids were giving me the side eye when I added the sugar. The cayenne was fine, it was the SUGAR on the veggies that made everyone wrinkled their noses.
Then they tasted it. DELICIOUS! It was so easy and had so much flavor. A new summertime dish is added to our family menu.
August is my favorite season for the garden. Our seedless grapes are ready! We eat them out of hand, but they also dry really well so we can enjoy golden raisins all year (especially good in rice pudding or sweet breads).
And a random shot of the steak fries from last night. A friend mentioned French Fries and I couldn't stop thinking about them. I reallllllly don't like frying anything, especially when it's 90F, but a week later, I finally caved. So delicious, especially with seasoned salt and ketchup!

 I hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful week. Keep cooking and see you next time (or you can come visit me on my facebook pages here or here.).


  1. YUM!!! You know, I've never heard of it! I'll definitely make this. And no side looks from here. In Kentucky, I grew up adding a pinch (or two) of sugar to vegetables (like green beans and squash). :)

    1. I can't imagine it. I've had candied carrots, but in our culinary traditions, the sugar is definitely saved for the desserts. :)

  2. Oooh -- what a neat twist to serving corn. Will definitely give it a try....but maybe a smidgen less of the cayenne pepper. (I'm such a chicken!)

    1. I didn't think 1/4 teaspoon was much but it was HOT. I'm the wimpiest of everybody here so I really felt it.

  3. You had e with the corn until you put the milk and egg in it. Hmmmm. Would it be okay to eat the sauteed veggies without the egg and milk? They look yummy.

    Now the fried potatoes I'll take just like you made them. yummmm

    1. I think the milk cuts the spice. :) And I just made it without the egg and it was even better (IMO) so definitely try it without. I made me think of some Thai dishes I've had with spicy/sweet flavors.

  4. Virginia, between you and Missy, y'all have got me craving corn. This looks absolutely yummy. Though I'm trying hard not to look at those steak fries.