Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Karhukjnsi, Mar 10, 2010.
GIVE THEM TO ME! The more "cajun", the better.
Man the only gumbo I've had was made by a lady that works with me. I really need to get the recipe it's SOOOOOO dan good. She claims it takes 9 hours to make from start to finish (she has a tendency to exaggerate so I can't put much stock in that being accurate )
Okra. Fresh okra. Use it. A lot of it.
Also, cilantro can really work well, depending on the recipe.
I hear okra is for Creole style stuff, rather than Cajun. Allegedly creole style gumbo has more expensive and extensive ingredients, while cajun is "poor swamp man' style stuff. But then again, I'm from Southern California.
I don't have a recipe on me, but I will warn you, making the roux(rue). Its kinda like making the base for gravy, screw it up and the gumbo won't be as good as it could be. We usually have chicken and sausage gumbo.
Creole/Cajun: Gumbos, Bisques & Soups <-- This page would be a decent place to start. I've looked over their recipes for some other cajun foods and they seemed pretty solid to a Louisiana native.
Doesn't matter to me which style of gumbo it is, okra makes gumbo delicious.
The other thing to remember if you're making the stock/rue from scratch is that the more time and attention you give it, the better it will be. Relatively low heat and frequent skimming over a looonng time (hours and hours) will give you your best results.
You can go a number of ways with what you put into your gumbo, so don't feel bound by certain "styles". You can go with a bunch of preserved vegetables and try to take advantage of the pickling flavours, you can use fresh everything, matching ingredients that are in season, etc. Gumbo can be made an enormous number of different ways, and its up to you to figure out how you like it. Personally, I just like the cliche'd gumbo loaded with spices and pepper, thick with shrimp, okra, tomatoes, chicken, etc.
Gumbo is good until you try the MRE Gumbo. That stuff haunts my dreams more than Iraq....
Can't be worse than MRE salmon casserole.
Now I love Shrimp Creole and Gumbo. I also like red beans and rice with sausage.
that sounds really good, thanks Karhukjnsi for making the thread. now ill never lose weight.
That sounds bad...I would rather starve than eat that.
Lets not discuss bad MREs, this thread was started with good intentions.
The best gumbo you'll ever eat. Trust me, I know my gumbos. This is the direct recipe from Mike Anderson's restaurant, one of the best seafood eateries in Louisiana.
4 Tbl Spoons Vegetable Oil
11 cups Water
1 ½ Tbl Spoons Garlic, Minced
1 (10) Oz. can Rotel
3 Cups Onions (yellow) chopped
½ Cup bellpepper, chopped
½ pound crabmeat (claw)
¼ Cup celery, (chopped)
¼ cup okra, sliced (boiled in vinegar
1 ½ Tbl Spoons Salt & water, drained)
½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ pound crabmeat (backfin)
2 Bay Leaves
½ cup Green Onions (chopped)
½ Cup Dark Roux
½ pound fresh peeled 91/110 shrimp
2 ½ Tbl Spoons Seafood Stock
* In a small saucepan, sauté garlic in vegetable oil until golden brown.
* In large pot combine yellow onions, bell peppers, celery, and sautéed garlic.
* Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes over low heat.
* Add salt, cayenne pepper, bay leaves, dark roux and seafood stock. Stir. Add Rotel tomatoes and water. Stir.
* Add claw crabmeat.
* Cook gumbo over low heat for one hour or more.
* Add okra, white crabmeat, green onions, and shrimp. Cover and cook until shrimp are done.
* Serve over rice.
Am I the only one who likes it when the rice is put IN the gumbo, as opposed to served with it?
I find that the rice can get too mushy. It tastes good when done right, but it is far too easy to mess up.
And I love Gumbo. Gung-ho from G.I. Joe taught me what it was. My best friend cooked some and I was like 'THIS is what I've been missing?'
Sorry I can't can't add to the recipe part. I just like to eat it.
Don't think I ever tried it, just remember Gung Ho always yelling it
Hah, go figure. I'm supposed to be losing weight, too, so I can join the Army. =/
With that avatar, there's no way I can say 'no' to this.
Roux, Okra, File. Without File it's not Gumbo.
And if it swims, slithers, or crawls, put it in there.
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