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For lack of a funnier name for gumbo I had just got back from NOLA and still craving the awesome Cajun flavors I grew up on. I don’t normally use tomatoes in gumbo as a preference and in general think it pulls the dish over to a Shrimp Creole. You can add or subtract what you like. I mean, sometimes I like oysters in mine but they have to be extra small… A couple three things to get right with gumbo is your roux, okra prep (if using), and my Aunt says you can never have too many onions. I agree and will jabber down the page.
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup olive oil. There is other fats you can use I sometimes will use fat from sausage.
- Dash of salt
- 12 ounces frozen cut okra. 1 bag.
- Dash of salt
- Olive oil to coat
- 4 cups chopped white onion (about 2 large onions)
- 2 cups chopped bell pepper (about 2)
- 1 ½ chopped cups celery (about 6 stalks)
- All above (known as trinity) are/were chopped about ¼ inch squares.
- 1 pound sliced Andouille sausage. Sometimes I’ll quarter it long ways then cut for smaller pieces.
- 1 pound 21/25 (large) shrimp or smaller. Two pounds if you’re feeling rich.
- 1 pound lobster or lump blue crab meat. Lobster chopped into 1/4 “ or bigger cubes.
- 79 ounces chicken broth. A little less than six 14.5 ounce cans. Go ahead and dump all 6 cans (84 ounce).
- 2 dry bay leaves or 1 fresh
- Salt to taste. We’ll be testing before finale.
- Your needs will vary. This rice cook was for one.
- ½ cup white rice
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 fine chopped garlic cloves
- Dash of salt.
- This will include the roux and okra cook because they go tandem.
- High heat a large pan for okra.
- Low heat and large pot for roux.
- In large hot pan drizzle in olive oil, dump okra, and dash some salt.
- Stir gentle with whatever you want for about 4-5 minutes.
- Okra is slimy, cooking it fast or on high heat will break the slime and keep from ruining your gumbo. You’ll notice the slime break when cooking but still kinda visible. No worries it will not be noticeable in gumbo. Long slime drips when you pick one or 2 up means it is not ready.
- Take off heat and set aside for end.
- In bowl mix roux supplies flour, olive oil, and salt.
- Spray some non stick in bottom of pot.
- Pour mixture in and start stirring with a whisk. If a whisk will screw up the bottom of your pot then use a wooden spoon.
- Keep stirring you don’t want to burn but gently lay into a nice brown toasted color.
- Roux's go from light to dark. I like medium which is about the color of coffee with not a lot of milk. Think of it as coffee, 50/50, shot of milk, or black. You’ll smell the roux coming together, it’s a toasty type smell. It will also begin to smoke so keep stirring or pull from heat. If you like darker go for it, the key is no burn. If going for a light roux and pull from heat too soon it will be floury. At least smell some toasty coming off the roux. Image is an attempt to show my roux.
K forgot where I was… This recipe is a little speedy-ier but normally I’ll cook the crap out of the sausage 1st thing because I like the brown bits and use the sausage fats to make the roux. Never fear this is awesome and less clean up.
So dump sausage in your roux and give’r a stir til it sweats.
- Dump in your Trinity: onions, bell peppers, and celery.
Turn heat up to medium and add a dash of salt.
- We are going to cook the piss out of the veggies so start stirring.
Cover 3min, stir, cover 3min, stir... repeat until translucent.
Open the 6 cans of chicken broth and dump in pot.
Turn heat up to high and before too hot taste test with spoon if the mixture needs more salt.
- Add salt to your taste.
- Once you get a boil going dump in shrimp, lobster and stir in.
- Turn heat down to simmer.
- Dump in okra and gently stir in.
- Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Heat a saucepan to medium low.
- Spray in nonstick.
- Dump in butter and melt.
Dump in garlic, dash of salt, and stir till your garlic isn't raw.
- Dump in rice and mix. I like to get it a little toasty stirring a couple minutes here but that's up to you.
- Dump in water and cover.
- Cook on low simmer for about 12 minutes until water dissipates (taste test).
- Turn off heat and uncover.
- Plate or bowl it up with a dash of Cajun seasoning.
- Make a little better with some green onion, parsley, and I always add some of our hot sauce which was Smoked.
You can add garlic if you want. I wasn’t driving to the store for more, all I had was 2 cloves.
About The Recipes:
Hay yall! Don’t be afraid to adjust ingredients to your taste. None of these recipes came from a written measured recipe. They are made and noted on the fly. If you don't have any Texas Butter I guess we'll overlook it if you use what's in your pantry. Be sure to ask how something turned out or you have questions. Expect grammar errors, these are not checked much. Well, in general I can't spell worth a crap. Will hashtag recipes that match a search here and the same hashtag in the Instagram's image comments. Hashtags will look something like #txbut001. In a nut shell these are made for:
- Product testing
- Requested site feature
- Speed and cost matter
- We eat our own dog food
- Ideas for products
- Shawn gots hungry
- Couple three birds, one stone...
Thanks - Shawn