Monsieur Gator has gotten old and slow and can't catch any of the bayou creatures for dinner. Possum, Skunk and Otter delight in taunting the poor guy, until he cooks up a spot of spicy gumbo and gets a tasty revenge.
I showed Ivy what okra was at the grocery store since the book mentions it and she wasn't familiar with it. She wanted to buy some to make Gator Gumbo, and since I'm pretty happy when my kids actually ask me to buy vegetables, I agreed
I'm not sure how traditional this recipe is, since I thought I had file but was mistaken, and I didn't cook a roux, but then sometimes I wonder what is really traditional when it comes to cooking. Especially if it gets your kid to eat okra.
Throw It In The Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, a sort of recipe
1 piece of sausage. I used some regular smoked kielbasa, about half a package
Some chicken. I used what was left in a package of chicken breasts, about 2 big ones
One large onion
One stalk of celery
Half a sweet red pepper
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Some okra. About a cup chopped?
One carton Trader Joe's Chicken broth. (I think it's 32 oz.) Obviously, you could use another brand. Or make your own broth.
Paprika. One tablespoon? Two? I just shook it in the pan out of the container .
One 15 oz. can whole tomatoes. Chopped would probably be fine as well
One 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed. I rinsed them because I didn't want the broth to taste like beans, but you can do as you like.
a few sprigs of oregano. I have it growing in my garden, but dried would be fine. A teaspoon should do it.
Okay, chop the onion, the carrot, the celery and the sweet pepper. Put a little olive oil in a pan--I used a dutch oven, use whatever you like to make soup in. Cook until the onion is translucent and the other stuff is a little soft. Add the cut up sausage, and some paprika. I probably put in about 2 tablespoons. Add the chopped up chicken, brown a bit. Add the chopped garlic, cook a little more. The chicken was cut up pretty small, so it was pretty much cooked by this point. Now add the chicken broth, the can of tomatoes and the can of black beans. Oh, and the okra. And the oregano. I forgot to mention in the ingredients one bay leaf, put that in as well. But don't eat it when the soup is done cooking, take it out, it's just for flavor. I like the okra soft, so I simmered it about an hour and a half. Serve over cooked white rice, I used jasmine rice. Shake some hot sauce on top if you like it spicy--I like spicy stuff, no one else in the family does so I try and save the hot stuff for my own serving.