Maque Choux

8 medium ears of fresh corn ( or 1 lb frozen kernel corn ~ 4 cups)
1 lb tasso, andouiille or spicy smoked sausage (use your favorite brand) chopped into bite sized pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 medium tomato, cut up
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (or to taste)

Remove the husks from corn; scrub with a stiff brush to remove silks. Rinse.Use a sharp knife to remove corn from cobs, cutting two-thirds of the way to the cob. Scrape the cobs with a dull edge of a knife (this should be about 4 cups or corn).
Brown tasso or sausage in a 3-quart saucepan. Remove and drain on paper towels. Add margarine or butter to the now empty pan and cook onion and green pepper about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in corn, tomato, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cover and cook over low heat about 15 minutes or until corn is tender. Add tasso/sausage back to pan and cook approximately another 5 minutes. Season to taste.
Makes about 6 side dish servings.
11/2008 – Jessica Diez

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