Friday, October 29, 2010


gumbo (gum′bō)
a soup made thick with unripe okra pods,
 usually made with tomatoes, vegetables,
 and chicken, ham, or seafood

flavorful & freezable

~a few of the necessities~

let's get this out of the way first thing - see the jar to the right?
that's right it says brown flour (that will be your roux)

Roux:-A mixture of flour and fat cooked together & used as a thickening.

The browned flour offers a more healthy version of roux!

Recipe for Browned flour
preheat oven to 400-450 degrees
  Place 1-1/2 cups of white flour in an iron skillet.
put in oven, stirring often, when it begins to brown.
It will turn the color of cinnamon.
You will need to turn vent fan on!
This flour will be used to thicken your gumbo.
(you can keep this on hand if your make excess)
The following recipe belongs to my father-in-law.
He shared the recipe in our previous church's cookbook.
We moved away from the convenience
of eating from "his pot" so I was forced
to master the "concoction".

Chicken Gumbo
North LA makes more poultry & pork gumbo
whereas South LA makes more seafood
(you can add shrimp, sausage, duck, & squirrel)

Finally the original recipe!

1 gallon water, 1 onion chopped, 1 Tablespoon salt,
1 Tablespoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
1 whole chicken cut in half with skin and fat removed
~put water in a large pot, bring to boil, add onions & seasonings~
Add chicken and boil until done.  (I put mine in a pressure cooker)
Let chicken cool down, for taking off bone.
Ok, chicken is out of pot. Leave broth in pot.
 Let's start adding ingredients to
the broth that was left over from the chicken.
1 can of Chicken Broth added to the broth in pot
1 cup Tomato Sauce
1 can Cut okra & tomatoes (mashed)
1 can Ro-tel
1 package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1-1/2 cups of Browned flour
Add chicken to mixture.
Let simmer.
Serve over rice & sprinkle some File' on top
Better the next day.

Did I say you need one of these to make it?

I also thought you might like to know
 what we eat with our gumbo.

Spicy Crackers
1-1/3 cups of canola oil
1 Tablespoon of Red pepper
1 pkg. original Ranch dressing mix
blend together oil, pepper, & dressing mix

Using a large mouth gallon jar or container,
place one sleeve of crackers in jar,
pour 1/4th of mixture over crackers,
add next sleeve and pour mixture over those,
continue repeating layers.
You will need a jar that seals off tightly.
Rotate jar occasionally, so mixture will
disperse over all crackers.
Crisp and long-lasting.

You can't just eat one!

Linking to:
Shelly's Fabulous Food Fridays


Vanessa's Soup Exchange


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, You have made us so hungry! Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. Hope you have a lovely Autumn weekend.

Lori said...

You are making me soooo homesick!! I knew what was in the jar!

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Oh wow, that sounds amazing! Not sure if I'm courageous enough to try it, but we'll see . . .

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Now that sounds good....this Texan needs to give it a try and I know my five boys will eat it up!
Yes my son hasn't missed much with his cast...first cast out of all six kids...the leg really has slowed us down and this 49 year old mom carrying a 45 pound boys has been a challenge...but I get to hold him again. LOL
Now to go write down this recipe...we are going to have a couple of cooler nights!

Vanessa said...

Hi Karen! Oh my goodness I am so excited that this is what you choose to make for the Soup Exchange! I'm getting an early start leaving you a comment about it because it is one of our family favorites. My hubby would be salivating right now! And I have made Ranch crackers before but never Spicy Ranch crackers and I am totally going to be trying it this year. The linky will be up first thing in the morning and thanks in advance for joining in the fun!

Amanda said...

Visiting from BugsandSunshine. I may just have to try this gumbo...we lived in SE Louisiana for a while and miss the food terribly! I see you are from MS..I am a MS girl, born and raised, but live in Arkansas now with my family. I look forward to browsing thru your blog!! I have a blog + a recipe blog, too, so maybe you can find something new. Probably not, since you are most likely a seasoned cook, but I love to share yummy things on my blog!! Blessings to you...Amanda
ps. How do you know Anna? She is a friend of mine from college days...although I went to Ole Miss...she to another college...

Debbie said...

I have always wanted to make gumbo and never have! This sounds absolutely delicious, and those CRACKERS are something I need to make just to snack on. I think the husband would like them too.

Dianne said...

Hi Karen,
It has just turned cool here FINALLY and this sounds so good. I should try to make it--maybe I will get up the nerve! Hope your weekend is blessed sweet friend.

Julie Harward said...

We just got home and it's so cold...wish I had some right now! Thanks for sharing it! Looks wonderful :D

Michele Katherine said...

Ok, I'm sure you can tell I love your blog, because I visit so often. I wish that basket was on my doorstep, because then I would feel motivated to cook. The Rooster is beautiful, my mom has a collection. Talk to you soon.
God bless your day tomorrow,
Michele Katherine

Endris Family said...

Papa's gumbo is sooo good! I have YET to master the art of gumbo making. Guess I will have to stick with eating his and my mama's! Today is definitely a gumbo kind of day. Loving the cooler weather.

High Street Cottage said...

It sounds yummy, and I like that it's a simple recipe. This soup exchange is dangerous, I'll be making soup for the next month!

scarborough2 said...

Mmmm, good! We're having PaPa's gumbo at POKENO next month - can't wait. Great idea to display all the ingredients so the girls will know what to buy! Love!

Heather@Gourmet Meals for Less said...

Karen we are a gumbo loving family! My husband's uncle is Louisiana through and through and we beg him to make gumbo whenever we are together. I will be giving your gumbo recipe a try! Thank you for linking up to Souper Sister Saturday!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That sounds really good! Perfect for fall weather...

Nice to meet you!