Catfish Gumbo [6 servings]
1 pound catfish fillets, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 cups water
2 cubes beef bouillon
2 (8 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
In a 3 quart pot, bring the 2 cups of water to a boil. Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the boiling water.
In a medium skillet, heat the vegetable oil, and cook the celery, green pepper, onion and garlic until tender.
Add the tomatoes, okra and cooked vegetables to the boiling water. Season with salt, red pepper flakes, thyme, bay leaf and hot pepper sauce. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add catfish, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until catfish is flaky and tender.
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Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Creole seasoning to taste
6 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 rotisserie chicken, boned and shredded
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, whisk in flour. Continue whisking until the roux has cooked to the color of chocolate milk, 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the roux. If you see black specks in the mixture, start over.
Stir onion, bell pepper, celery, and sausage into the roux; cook 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook another 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning; blend thoroughly. Pour in the chicken broth and add the bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chicken, and simmer 1 hour more. Skim off any foam that floats to the top during the last hour.