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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Momma's Gumbo

gumboservedup_zpsbdff3249 photo gumboservedup_zpsbdff3249.jpgAs a tribute to my Mother, I am sharing with you one of her recipes.  I wanted to pick my favorite and realized, there are so many, how do I choose?  I really think that her gumbo was one of the BEST in all of Mississippi and Alabama. Really!  Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.  I am so happy that I was able to work with her in the kitchen and grab as many of her cooking inventions and secrets as I could. 

Let me start by saying I have always made my own roux while cooking a pot full of Gumbo.  However, lately, I have been noticing this product at the grocery store.  I have been so curious about it I decided to give it a go!  It works!  I can actually recommend it! 



1/2 cup chopped parsley
Gumbo1 diced onion
1 diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups okra
4 chicken thighs
2 crabs and/or 1 cup crab meat
2 lbs headless peeled shrimp
8 drops Tabasco
2 Bay Leaves
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can petite diced tomatoes
Salt/Pepper to taste
White Rice
French Bread


Prepare your Roux in bottom of pot.  Follow directions on container or make your own.  I like cooking mine in my Dutch Oven. (Contact me if you need a good Roux recipe)
Add all other ingredients EXCEPT Shrimp and Crab meat
Stir all together combining ingredients.
Cover with water.
Bring to a boil.
Cover and Simmer for 2 hours.
Add shrimp and crab meat
Cook an additional 15 - 20 minutes, or until Shrimp is cooked.
Remove Crabs, Chicken Bones and Bay leaves.
Cook Rice.
Heat French Bread.

I don't think mine taste as good as my Mother's. 

Wishing all the Mother's a Happy Mother's Day!