I've been on a huge Creole kick lately. Maybe I just need something exciting and new in the kitchen. Maybe the bold flavors entice me. Maybe it's just really f*cking good. I don't know.
Last night I make maque choux [[pronounced "mock shoe"]]-- a traditional creole side dish. It's pretty much just a barrage of vegetables simmered in some fat and seasoned nicely. I like it a lot. I'm not sure what it means in English. I know choux means cabbage, but this is hardly cabbage. That's about all I know.
I didn't get fancy with our main dish. Just a grilled "chicken" patty topped with bacon and vegenaise. The side dish definitely stole the show. It's colorful, flavorful, and really freaking easy. So make it!
Traditionally you use bacon fat or butter to simmer, and add bacon or tasso. Since we don't eat that, I went the olive oil/earth balance route and got some fake bacon in the mix. This makes four servings.
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 heaping tsp vegan butter
4 strips fake bacon, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, julienned
2 celery sticks, julienned
1 cup frozen corn
1 tbs garlic, minced
1 14 1/2 oz can chopped tomatoes, drainer
a few shakes of chalula hot sauce
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
a few dashes of salt and pepper
Top with green onions
-- heat oil and butter in a large skillet.
-- add chopped fake bacon and cook until crispy.
-- add chopped onions, celery, bell pepper, and corn. simmer about 10 minutes or until soft stirring often with a wooden spoon.
-- add tomatoes and garlic, stir.
-- add hot sauce and seasoning, heat about 5 minutes.
-- remove from heat, add chopped green onions, and serve.