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Louisiana Gumbo

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This hearty Louisiana-style gumbo is the perfect comfort food for a cool evening especially when served with your favorite hot sauce. Serve with cornbread or a crusty loaf of French bread for sopping up that luscious gumbo sauce. Filled with the rich, Cajun flavors everyone craves, this dish is sure to have family and friends gathering in your kitchen due to the incredible aromas of good cooking.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 10 okra pods, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-long pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 6 ounces medium (41/50 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, or thigh meat, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 ounces andouille or kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced
  • salt, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste

Details

Servings 4
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 80mins
Adapted from honeymoonalways.com

Preparation

Step 1

Heat a heavy cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the flour turns a deep golden color, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer the flour to a plate and let cool. There will be a strong aroma similar to burnt toast. Be careful not to let the flour burn; reduce the heat if flour seems to be browning too quickly. Alternately, toast the flour in a pie plate in a 400°F oven for 20 minutes.

Heat oil in a heavy stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic; sauté until the onions are lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in the toasted flour. Gradually stir in broth and bring to a simmer, stirring. Add tomatoes, okra, pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne and bay leaf. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in rice and cook, covered, for 15 minutes longer.

Add shrimp, chicken and sausage; simmer until the shrimp is opaque inside, the chicken is no longer pink and the rice is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Discard the bay leaf and season with salt. Ladle into bowls and serve with hot sauce.

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