Maque Choux and Skillet Pork Chops
Your favorite pair of jeans has a culinary equivalent: a dish you can dress up or down, that's comfortable in a breakfast, lunch or dinner menu, and that always makes you look good as a cook.
It's called maque choux (pronounced "mock shoe"), and unless you're from
Think of the best of the harvest -- sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and onions -- coming together with butter and seasonings, and you've got maque choux.
But aside from its garden-fresh flavor, maque choux is appealing for its versatility.
Fill a brunch omelet with maque choux or serve it plain as a side to breakfast sausages. You can also add crumbled bacon to maque choux.
For lunch simmer maque choux with hot milk or a combination of milk and half-and-half and elevate the vegetable dish to delicious chowder.
If you're trying to stretch last night's rotisserie chicken into a second dinner, add the leftover bits of chicken to maque choux and you have a bountiful meal.
The only drawback is that it's hard to make a little maque choux for two, if you want to maintain the variety of vegetables that makes the recipe unique. Fortunately leftovers will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator up to three days.
Serve maque choux plain or with skillet pork chops for a robust fall dish.
Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 small red onion, chopped
1 celery rib, trimmed and chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup cooked corn kernels (see note)
1 large tomato, cored and chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried, crushed thyme
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic and corn. Cook over low-medium heat for 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes or until tomato is pulpy, stirring frequently. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter and melt in. Remove from heat.
Each serving has: 200 calories; 10 grams total fat; 5 grams protein; 29 grams carbohydrates; 31 milligrams cholesterol; 310 milligrams sodium and 5 grams dietary fiber.
Note: Cook 2 ears of corn and scrape off the kernels to yield 1 cup.
Skillet Pork Chops
Makes 2 servings
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 (6-ounce) boneless top-loin pork chops, cut about 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
Combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper on a plate. Dust pork with flour mixture. Heat oil in heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Arrange pork in skillet. Brown for 3 minutes per side. Pour in broth. Reduce heat to low. Cover skillet and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, turning pork over after 4 minutes. When pork is done, remove from skillet to dinner plates. Increase heat to high, scrape up browned bits in skillet with a spoon and reduce broth slightly. Pour broth over pork.
Each serving has: 300 calories; 17 grams total fat; 30 grams protein; 27.5 grams carbohydrates; 85 milligrams cholesterol and 490 milligrams sodium.
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