Maquechoux ( Smothered Corn)

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Total Time
15 mins
30 mins

Every Cajun makes Maquechoux, but no two recipes are alike. This one comes from Betty Fussell's wonderful book, "I Hear America Cooking." It's not a dish for everyday--very rich, but it surely puts most creamed corn recipes to shame.

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  1. With a sharp knife, cut kernels straight down from the cob (you should end up with about 4 cups of corn kernels).
  2. With the back of the knife, scrape down the cut rows of the corn cobs to extract as much of the "corn milk" as possible and add to the corn kernels.
  3. In a skillet, melt the butter and saute the corn kernels and vegetables and seasoning over medium heat for three to four minutes.
  4. Add all but two tablespoons of cream, stir, cover, and simmer gently for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover for the last five minutes to allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
  6. Just before serving, beat the remaining cream to a froth with the egg and add to the corn.