Saturday, March 03, 2007

Gumbo

Once upon a time there was a boy-genie read a book and on that book the hero's favorite food is gumbo. The boy-genie wonder what is gumbo? So he went to asked his mommy-genie about it and then she explained it to him that Gumbo is a food of love because people only cook Gumbo for their family that they really love because making Gumbo takes a lot of time and patience. Innocently he asked mommy-genie if she can grant him his wishes to eat Gumbo. And she said " Your wish is my command my dear .... " Then she proceed to do some crystal ball reading to find the perfect recipe for the boy-genie and in a few hours later, the boy-genie was busy enjoying his first Gumbo while his mommy-genie watched him eat.


Gumbo
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

3 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons margarine
1 large onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic minced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 stalks celery chopped
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves, coarsely chopped, plus chopped leaves for garnish
4 cups hot water
5 beef bouillon cubes
1 (14-ounce can) stewed tomatoes with juice
2 cups frozen sliced okra
4 green onions, sliced, white and green parts
1/2 pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
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Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and remove. Add the sausage and cook until browned, then remove. Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of margarine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes. Let the roux cool.

Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and cook for 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, to taste and the 1/4 bunch parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add 4 cups hot water and bouillon cubes, whisking constantly. Add the chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Just before serving add the green onions, shrimp and chopped parsley.

NOTE: I chose this recipe because the ingredients are available at that time and it looks simple enough to try compare to other recipes that I researched.




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