I know it's been a long time since my last post, but, you know, life. I actually wouldn't even be making this post if it weren't for Robyn who sent me these pictures. I figured "well hey, half the work is already done."
So earlier today I really started to have a hankerin for some gumbo. The only problem was that I hadn't made gumbo in a very long time -- so what I did was, I googled it. I looked at a lot of different ways of making gumbo and all different ways. This is what I ended up doing:
I made a roux with vegetable oil. I think normally I would have used butter, but I always hate how easy it burns. Anyway, that's what I did, and got it as dark as I could stand before my arm almost fell off from stirring.
Once the roux was done, I started cooking up the rice as well as the holy trinity of onions, bell peppers, and celery. While that was going I incorporated the chicken stock and the roux, and threw in some okra. Then I added the sausage, and the trinity once it was cooked pretty good.
Then the spices: oregano, cholula sauce, tony's creole seasoning, black pepper, parsley, and probably some other junk I can't remember right now.
At the last minute I threw in the shrimp.
OOOH WEEE that was some good old gumbo. Here is the ingredients list:
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup regular white flour
8 cups of chicken stock
2 large sticks of celery cut into 1/2" pieces
2 bell peppers cut into 1/2" pieces
1 large onion cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 pound of okra cut into 1/2" pieces
1 pound andouille sausage (I used chicken ones *gasp*)
1 pound peeled and de-veined shrimp
2 cups uncooked rice
a bunch of spices, whatever you like, but you need parsley and definitely some spicy stuff.
This was enough for 5-6 people, with some people getting seconds.