Malissa & Lew's Easy Like Sunday Gumbo
Gumbo is a hearty savory stew made with meats, shellfish or both, and a selection of vegetables and herbs. That's about the extent of the rules, and each household will have their own favourite way, a little like with Mince & Tatties - some like runny gravy, some like thick! Gumbo can be as thin as soup or as thick as gravy, and chicken, sausage and King Prawns are typical favourite proteins. Give it a go!
Prep Time: .75 Hours
Total Time: 2 Hours
Servings 8 Person(s)
You will need:
- 75g Plain Flour
- 75g Butter
- 2 Chicken Breast Fillets
- 500g Sausage (we used our Andouille Sausage)
- 50g Cajun seasoning
- 1 Onion Chopped
- 2 Sticks of Celery
- 2 Peppers Chopped
- 400g Okra
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
- 400g Prawns (we used king prawns)
- 1 litre Chicken Stock
- A good handful of Parsley or Coriander
First things first, get your chicken and sausages cooking, you can either smoke these, or like Lew & I do we rub the chicken breast both sides with Cajun Red and pop them and the sausages into an oven dish each and into the oven at around 180 degrees.Whilst these are in the oven you can start on the Gumbo:
- Melt 75g butter in a large pan
- add 75g plain flour and stir to make a roux
- once the roux is a lovely caramel colour add the chopped celery, onion and peppers and give them a good stir round for a few minutes.
- add the chicken stock and stir thoroughly making sure you have all the roux from the bottom of the pan and it’s not sticking.
- once the sausages and chicken are cooked, removed from the oven, roughly chop and add them to the stock, bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring to make sure the gumbo isn’t stick whilst it thickens.
- Add the Okra and cook for another 30 minutes, until all the ‘ropiness’ has gone from the Okra
- Check the flavour and add more seasoning if required, I use Cajun Red, leave on a low heat and allow the flavours to infuse.
- When ready to eat, pop some rice on to boil, crank up the heat of the Gumbo and add your shrimp, and stir them through, they should take around 6 minutes to cook if using raw prawns, add parsley and stir through.
- Once rice is cook, drain and place a small mountain of rice in the bowl and top with Gumbo! Apparently this makes it look like a ‘Gumbo Volcano’ to a 6 year old!