gumbo

various dates

Gumbo is usually prepared like a soup or wet stew and rice is added when served.

If like me, you don't care too much about the presentation, you can prepare it all together like some of my other rice stews, but with Creole or Cajun spices. Cajun spice mix is readily available in US grocery stores. For the easy way out, buy a package of gumbo rice that has the spices included. :-) It is supposed to be wetter than jambalaya, so add more water.

Both these recipes were prepared with Zatarain's gumbo mix with rice. (Pic6)
When making this from scratch, start with a roux and let it fry until very dark brown. That is what gives gumbo its brown color.

Seafood and chicken / sausage gumbo are very different. Try both to see what you like best.

a. seafood gumbo

2020-03-11

A very nice dish, not so different from paella in ingredients, but the dark roux and Cajun spices make it taste very different.  See also: seafood gumbo with the rice cooked separately. 

INGREDIENTS

This is what you need for 3-4 servings:

  • 1-2 lbs. seafood mix, remove fake crab
  • gumbo mix:
    • 1 cup long-grain rice
    • 1-2 cups onion & bell pepper mix
    • 2-4 celery stalks
    • S&P, Cajun spices
    • 2 tbsp. flour / maizena
    • 2 tbsp. oil / butter
    • optional:
      • 1 cup okra, sliced
  • OR:
    • pre-packaged gumbo mix
Pic1: seafood gumbo

Directions

From scratch:

 

2020-03-11

Pic2: remove the fake crab
Pic3: load that pot
Pic4: almost done

Pre-packaged:

 


b. Chicken / sausage gumbo

2020-06-05

The recommendations were either chicken or sausage, but not both. I didn't have enough chicken and no smoked sausage. I used 1/2 lb. chicken and 2 jalapeno cheddar chicken sausage links. The outcome was quite enjoyable.

INGREDIENTS

This is what you need for 3-4 servings:

  •  as above
  • 1 lb. chicken meat for chicken gumbo OR
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, andouille, boudin for sausage gumbo OR
  • both
Pic5: chicken & sausage gumbo

Directions

I used Zatarain's gumbo mix which is considerably spicier than the Chef Kaitlin brand I was used to and much too spicy to Marielos' preference. I found it quite enjoyable, Marielos not so much.

2020-06-05

Pic6: Zatarain's gumbo mix with rice
Pic7: simmering
Pic8: served