Vegetarian and vegan recipes in Cajun cooking are few and far between. This one is a twist on the traditional corn side dish called maque choux, which is pronounced “mock shoe.” My grandmother made it in the summer time when fresh corn is sweet and abundant. My mother usually serves it with barbeque chicken and dirty rice.
This recipe should be called, “shake hands with turnips” because turnips are the only vegetable that I’ve yet to make friends with. In fact, I don’t think I’d ever eaten a turnip until my husband and I joined a CSA. Now they show up in our baskets all the time, mocking us. I’ve tried them in dozens of recipes, but this is by far my favorite.