Laissez les bon temps rouler


In celebration of Fat Tuesday we had Gumbo for dinner that night.  I know this isn’t a true Gumbo because I did not make a roux for this. I made a quick version Gumbo that was fast and healthy. We really enjoyed this and because it is so quick to make we can have it as often as we want.

Here we go: (as usual I will make notes along the way of the things I did different to work for us)

  1. 4 teaspoons olive oil
  2. 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  3. 1 celery stalk, chopped
  4. 1 onion, chopped
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced (or a spoon full of already minced garlic from your jumbo tub from Costco)
  6. 1 can crushed tomatoes ( I used half of a big can because I can’t find medium size cans of crushed tomatoes)
  7. 2 cups chicken stock
  8. 2 cups sliced frozen okra
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 tablespoon paprika, garlic powder and onion powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (trust me on this)
  12. 1/2 pound shrimp ( I used frozen already cooked medium shrimps and cut them up so the shrimp went throughout all the Gumbo)
  13. 1/4 pound boneless and skinless chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  14. 1 piece of turkey kielbasa, cut into bite size pieces (1 half of 1 link in a 2 link package)
  15. Rice to eat the Gumbo over

In a large soup pot heat the oil. Saute the bell pepper, celery, onions, garlic, kielbasa and chicken about 5 minutes until there is nice color on the chicken. Stir in the tomatoes, stock, okra, bay leaf, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. While this is simmering away and getting all yummy; make your rice. Then throw in the shrimp for no more than 2 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and serve the Gumbo over rice.  We added extra hot sauce on the top of ours.

Peace, Love and I still don’t like Shrimp


I picked all the shrimp out of my bowl and gave them to Hubby


About gingersnap2011

Hello and welcome to my almost normal life. I'm a true southern belle through and through. I live in Mayberry right down the road from Opie. I channel Julia Sugarbaker, Wednesday Addams and June Clever. Thanks for reading, Gingersnap :)

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