There are many gumbo recipes, but the little starter sized bowls you get at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland, located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, has always been my favorite.
I made this for a big group, but list the recipe for 4 servings here, but have added in some things I learned as well as substitutions I made.
This recipe is made in three parts and takes a good amount of prep, so plan to do much of it in advance.
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
2 teaspoons granulated garlic ( I used garlic powder)
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper (I left out)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon diced white onion
1 tablespoon diced red pepper
1 cup medium grain white rice
1 3/4 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon Cajun spice.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes, or until translucent. Add rice, stirring to coat in oil. Toast rice, stirring frequently, 3-4 minutes.
Since I have rice issues, and I was making for this for a bigger crowd than my rice cooker could handle, I made the rice in a crock pot. Who knew! Super easy. All you do is coat your crock pot bottom and sides with butter, add twice as much liquid as rice, then cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Perfect. I followed the directions with roasting the rice, etc., then put it in the crockpot. I was amazed how well it worked out.
1/2 cup unsalted butter (I always use salted)
1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs diced. ( I don't like thighs so used chicken breast instead)
1/2 cup Tasso ham (what? I don't know what this is so used regular ham steak)
1/2 cup diced Andouille sausage (not easily found in my little town, so just used a smoked sausage)
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons Cajun spice
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup sliced okra (my store only had a giant pre-wrapped container of fresh so I bought frozen)
1/4 cup diced tomatoes (skinned, seeded? didn't specify so I just used canned)
1/4 cups chopped green onions for garnish..
Melt butter in a dutch over medium-high heat. Add chicken, ham and sausage and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, stirring to combine.
Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.Remove meat from pot with slotted spoon, reserving fat in pot. Place meat on a large plate and set aside.
Add flour to fat in pot, whisking to combine. Cook until mixture turns golden, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in Cajun spice.
Return meat to pot, stirring well to combine. Slowly add stock, whisking vigorously after each addition until mixture is smooth.
Add okra and tomatoes. Simmer, stirring frequently, until okra is tender, about 10-15 minutes. (Okra story! I hate okra. The slime is just too much. So I thought that if I took out the slimy center and chopped the rest of it real well and rinsed it a bunch that would help. Nope..oozy mess all the way. While researching this, I discovered that the slime actually works as an additional thickener. That it did. Still, I'm leaving it out next time)
Ladle gumbo into bowls and top with a large spoonful of rice. garnish with chopped green onions.