Maque Choux with Tasso Ham

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped tasso ham (see Cook's Note)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 stalk celery, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeno
  • 3 ears corn, kernels cut off (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup diced canned fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the tasso ham, red pepper, celery and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the corn and thyme. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, half-and-half and vegetable stock. Simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Stir in the parsley and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Tasso ham is a specialty spiced ham made from pork shoulder that has been cured, rubbed in a blend of spices and smoked. It's popular in Louisiana and available elsewhere at specialty markets.


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