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Maque Choux

20 minutes prep
25 minutes active cooking
45 minutes total

Makes 6 - 8 servings

It's not French, and there's no cabbage (choux) involved.

Culinary historians think this Louisiana classic that combines New World vegetables with Old World technique comes from the native American influence on the French Acadians expelled from Nova Scotia. Even without the interesting backstory, maque choux (pronounced "mock shoe") is delicious.

While this version includes bacon, smoky andouille sausage or tasso ham are fine meaty substitutes. A handful of Louisiana dried shrimp would also be a tasty if unorthodox addition. Or you can make it with just vegetables.

What you'll need


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large Astiana tomatoes (substitute 3-4 smaller tomatoes)


onion, chopped


celery stalks, chopped


green bell pepper, chopped


ears fresh corn, kernels removed

2 cloves of

garlic, chopped

2 slices of

bacon*, chopped

1/4 cup of

dried shrimp (optional)

To taste

black pepper, freshly ground

1 tablespoon of


*Tasso ham, andouille, or smoked sausage would all work, or the meat can be left out.

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Cutting Board


Heavy Skillet



"Grating tomatoes might not have originated in Spain, but cooking Spanish food introduced me to this great (pun intended) technique."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Grating tomatoes might not have originated in Spain, but cooking Spanish food introduced me to this great (pun intended) technique. So with a nod to the brief period of Spanish colonial influence in Louisiana, grate a couple of Astiana tomatoes by cutting them in half across their equators, then rubbing them against a box grater over a bowl until you’re left with just the skin.

Step 2

Cook the bacon in a little olive oil until lightly browned.

Step 3

add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and shrimp. Add the salt, pepper, chili, and thyme flowers; cook until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Add the corn kernels and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the grated tomatoes, reduce the heat, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

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