The Food That Sings

Okra and Corn Maque Choux July 21, 2010

Filed under: Side Dish — alisonfsu @ 1:49 am
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Looking for a side dish that features fresh summer vegetables, but still delivers a nice kick? This dish features simple, clean vegetables and spicy sausage- a hit in my book! My friends Kristen and Chad have made this recipe a few times, and we enjoyed it this weekend along side baby back ribs and homemade macaroni and cheese. This maque choux does not disappoint!

Okra and Corn Maque Choux

Adapted from Southern Living

1/4 pound of spicy smoked sausage, diced

1/2 cup chopped vidalia onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups fresh corn, cut off the cob

1 cup sliced fresh okra

1 cup diced tomato

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Sauté sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until browned. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add corn, okra, and tomato; cook, stirring often, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 8 side dish servings

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Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad June 1, 2010

Filed under: Pasta — alisonfsu @ 1:05 am
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As the weather heats up, I am always looking for quick and fresh meals that do not heat up the kitchen. If you like to eat caprese salad, then you will really enjoy this pasta salad. The flavors are clean and fresh and the meal is quite healthy. I took this pasta salad to a cook out at a friends house for Memorial day and it was a hit! Hope that you will try it as a stand alone meal or side dish!

Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Adapted from The Washington Post

16 ounces of penne (fusilli, bowties, whatever shape you like)

10- 12 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces

1 container of cherry tomatoes, quartered

Fresh, caprese-style pasta salad

15 to 20 medium to large basil leaves, coarsely chopped

4 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped

2 handfuls of toasted pine nuts

1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

4 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar- more to taste

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta until done. In a dry saute pan, toast two handfuls of pine nuts for approximately 2 minutes. Drain and rinse pasta with cold water until cool. When it is completely dry, transfer to a large bowl. Add the mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, scallions, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and toasted pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper and add additional balsamic to taste. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 4-8.