Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

I need a good GUMBO recipe! Anyone have one that is to "die for"?

Also, there is a spice that supposedly is only available in Louisiana. Anyone know what that is?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    1 onion chopped

    1 green bell pepper seeds removed and chopped

    1 cup of chopped celery

    Prepare the trinity first (above ingredients) and set aside. Prepare preferred meat sausage, chicken, etc, or if choosing seafood, shrimp, oysters, crab meat, crawfish, etc. Prepare and set aside.

    1 cup cooking oil or shortening

    1 cup flour

    2 quarts warm water

    2 teaspoons Tabasco brand pepper sauce

    1 tablespoon Zatarain's Creole seasoning or Tony Chachere's

    2 cups okra, cleaned and sliced

    3 to 4 cups rice

    An authentic gumbo is prepared with a dark Re-aux, as are most all Cajun dishes. In a 6 or 8 quart stew pot (black iron is preferred but whatever you have will suffice) mix 1 cup of oil and 1 cup of flour. Place over medium heat and stir continuously.

    NOTE: If you stop stirring it will stick and you will have to start over. Be sure to go over the entire bottom of the pot while stirring. The flour will begin to change color from white, to tan, to orange, to red, to light brown, to dark brown, then finally to black.

    For this recipe, medium to dark brown is what is needed. This takes 10 to 15 minutes.

    At this point, dump in the onion, celery and bell pepper and cook till the onion starts to clear. Add the meat at this time, but not your seafood.

    Cook until meat starts to brown, then stir in warm water and seasonings. You are looking for a thicker-than-soup consistency but not as thick as stew. Add more or less water to achieve this. Bring to a simmering boil.

    Add the okra and seafood of your choice. Cook for one hour.

    Prepare rice and serve over rice in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste and the Cajuns would add a little dash of File' (Ground sassafras) or you can use thyme, finely ground (but not as good).

    For a Creole Gumbo add tomatoes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    * 12 cups water

    * 3 pounds chicken parts

    * 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    * 1 1/2 pounds okra

    * 1/2 cup vegetable oil

    * 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

    * 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced

    * 1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style whole peeled tomatoes

    * 1 green bell pepper, chopped

    * 2 stalks celery, chopped

    * 2 cloves garlic, minced

    * 1 bay leaf

    * 2 teaspoons salt

    * 1 teaspoon dried thyme

    * 1 teaspoon dried basil

    * 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    * 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

    * 1 teaspoon file powder

    1. Combine water and chicken in large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Using tongs, transfer chicken to strainer and cool, saving cooking liquid. Remove meat from bones in pieces.

    2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Add okra and cook until no longer sticky, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes; set aside.

    3. Stir flour and remaining 1/2 cup oil in heavy large Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat until deep golden brown, stirring frequently, about 6 minutes. Add 4 cups reserved chicken cooking broth, okra, andouille sausage, tomatoes with their juices, bell pepper, celery, garlic, bay leaf, salt, thyme, basil, cayenne, and pepper. Cover partially and simmer until thickened, about 1 1/2 hours.

    4. Spoon off any fat from surface of gumbo. Add chicken and file powder to gumbo and simmer gently 15 minutes. (If preparing ahead, cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) Mound rice in shallow bowls if desired. Ladle gumbo over and serve.

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  • 1 decade ago

    IDK..but when u find out let me kno...LOL

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