Friday, July 24, 2009

More Sinsational Cajun Sides !

It's summertime and the living is easy and so is cooking up a great Cajun summer side dish . With the bounty of fresh veggies and fruits reaching its peak, I love to make up as many of these delicious side dishes as possible. Some are so good that I end up eating them for an entree.I stocked up today at my favorite fresh produce market. These are 2 of my favorites. Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!


Corn Maque Choux

6 ears fresh sweet corn, scraped off the cob
1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbs. fresh basil, finely chopped
1/3 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, except olive oil. Heat olive oil in large, heavy skillet. When oil is hot, add seasoned vegetable mixture, stir and lower heat. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. This savory dish is dynamite!

Cajun Grilled Veggie Kabobs w/ Sugar Cane Vinaigrette

2 green bell peppers, cut in half, then into quarters
1 large eggplant, cut in half, then cut into eighths
2 zucchini squash, cut into thick slices
2 yellow squash, cut into thick slices
2 red onions, peeled, cut into halves, then into quarters
1 carton cherry tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 tbs. Tony's Spices and Herbs seasoning
or 1 tbs. Cajun seasoning

Place all ingredients on large cookie sheets and season on both sises. Arrange veggies on skewers, alternating each. Drizzle with sugar cane vinaigrette, wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Place veggie skewers on grill pan and grill on top rack, for 10 minutes on each side, basting often with vinaigrette. Serve with grilled seafood or chicken. Fabulous!

Sugar Cane Vinaigrette

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup cane syrup
1/4 cup Creole mustard
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients and mix well. This is divine and is also a wonderful salad dressing.

What is your favorite summer side dish?

Hope that ya'll have a fun weekend!!! Let the Good Times Roll, cher!


Kat said...

Love the new pic of the frog begging you to kiss the cook! There is nothing like fresh veggies. B. has been stopping by a market every wednesday and bringing home the most delicious fruits and veggies!

Nancy said...

Every one of these recipes looks delish. Can't wait for your cookbook, so I have them all in one place!

Laura said...

Oh my gosh.More amazing recipes. The fried green tomatoes sound delicious.


Angie Ledbetter said...

Oooo wee, Marguerite! That looks divine. Never heard of sugarcane vinegarette before. Gonna have to try that. One of my favorite summer sides is grilled marinated zuccini strips.

Can I come eat at your house?

Marguerite said...

Thanks Kat! The little frog in the header is a garden ornament that I just had to buy for my patio. Glad that you're getting your fair share of summer delights. Cheers, cher!

Nancy- Merci, cher! I can't wait for my cookbook, either. lol Hope that your dinner party went well. I really enjoyed your post!

Laura- So nice to see you! Definitely try the fried green tomatoes. If you don't have Creole, Beefsteak tomatoes will work well. Divine, cher!

Marguerite said...

Angie- The caterer served the sugar cane vinaigrette with the salads, at my daughter's wedding. I liked it so much that I started putting it on everything! lol Thanks for stopping by, sha! Have a great Sunday!

Owen said...

Me too, love the "Kiss the Cook" frog... how come whenever I get anywhere near your blog I start salivating ??? I think I'm getting conditioned by all these great descriptions and photos !

Marguerite said...

Owen- So good to hear from you, my cher amis from Paris. The eat, drink and be merry, French mindset spans the Atlantic, for sure. Glad you enjoyed it!

Vagabonde said...

I have a large pot of basil on the back porch so I’ll try your fried green Creole tomatoes, as that sounds real good. You do have some great cuisine in Louisiana (de la bonne cuisine!)

Vagabonde said...

These crab cakes look so delicious – that is a recipe to keep. I don’t know about making it for just my husband and I – he does not have much appetite and won’t eat much (wish I knew how he does it!). So, I am getting to think that we should pay a visit to Louisiana to eat such delicacies, don’t know when though because our next trip already reserved and all is to Halifax, Nova Scotia and surrounding areas. I hope their cuisine is good there too.