I’m convinced this delicious Creole side dish is the ultimate accompaniment to grilled food. A friend from New Orleans, Melvina Johnson, used to bring it to ALL our summer barbecues. We really let her have it if she dared to bring anything different.
I found drbabs' adaptation interesting, because as far as I know, Maque Choux was never intended to be anything but a side! - ChefJune —ChefJune
Test Kitchen Notes
ChefJune's Maque Choux was quite delicious. When I read the recipe, I thought it would be more like the dish I remembered if I added bacon, so (with ChefJune's permission) I sauteed about 1/4 pound of bacon (cut in lardons) in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to start. The bacon added a sweet smokiness that was just addictive. In order to turn it into a main dish, I cooked some jumbo shrimp in the stew at the end, and served it with some good bread to sop up the liquid. As ChefJune said, this would also be great as a side dish with grilled chicken or steak. It was a lovely meal — easy for a weeknight, and perfect for late summer. I'm happy to recommend it as an Editors' Pick. - drbabs —The Editors