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Gumbo – Seafood

#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio

Seafood Gumbo
by James Belardo

Gumbo was first made in southern Louisiana by the Creole and has become a signature dish in Louisiana cooking. Nothing says Creole like a good gumbo. Consisting of a strong stock, okra, vegetables (peppers, celery and onions), a thickener like filé powder or a Cajun-Style Roux, meat (sausages, fish, shellfish, or poultry) and spicy seasoning. There are a few ways to prepare Gumbo, every family seems to have it’s own version. We shy on the version that let’s the vegetables cook down, and then add the fish (or meat) finishing off with shrimp and finishing spices near the end. Gumbo is served over rice, use brown rice.

2 lb. shrimp
1 Andouille Sausage (or Chorizo)
1 tilapia filet (cut into chunks)
1-2 snapper filets (cut into chunks)
2-3 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
1 cup water
28 oz. can hand crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup corn
1 Jalapeño pepper
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 orange pepper
1 green pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped okra
1/2 onions
3-4 cloves garlic garlic
olive oil
flat leaf parsley
Roux (Cajun-Style)* or Creole filé
Cajun/Creole Spice Blend
rice (brown)
bay leaves
lemon juice (1 lemon)

*Roux (Cajun-Style)
4 tbsp Butter and/or bacon fat
1/4 – 1/3 cup flour

Suggested Alternative Ingredients
sausage (Andouille preferred)
red snapper

Shrimp Marinade
Stage 1
1-2 hours
Shrimp, shelled and deveined (previously frozen, thawed cooked or uncooked)
Cajun/Creole Spice Blend
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix the Cajun/Creole Spice Blend, white wine and olive oil and let the shrimp marinate for an hour or two.

Stage 2
Add the within the last 10 minutes.
Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
Salt and white pepper

1. In a large dutch oven, preheat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil and fry the sausage (and/or pancetta)
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - fry sausage

2. When the sausages are browned, sauté the onions, garlic and Jalapeño pepper.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add onions, garlic & jalapeño

3. When the onions become translucent and the garlic softens add chopped peppers , cook for about 5-10 minute
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add peppers

4. As the peppers soften add the celery, cook for about 5-10 minutes.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add celery

5. Once the celery begins to soften add a cup of water, let come to a boil and lower the heat to allow to simmer for a few minutes.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add 1 c water

6. Once the base has been simmering for 5-10 minutes add the tomatoes and bay leaves
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add the hand crushed tomatoes #Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add the bay leaves

7. remove shrimp from marinade and add the marinade (top up with wine)
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add the marinade

8. Let simmer for 5 minutes and then add the mushrooms
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add mushrooms

8. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes and then add the cut okra.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add okra

9. Again, once the gumbo has been simmering for 5-10 minutes more, add the chicken stock 1 cup at a time alternating with water (2-3 cups)
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - 2 c chicken stock (1 at a time)

10. When the all the liquid has been added, simmer for at least 10 minutes before adding the corn.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - corn

11. Let simmer for 5 minutes before adding the seafood.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - fish

12. Let simmer for 5 minutes before adding the marinated shrimp.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add marinated shrimp

13. Once the gumbo comes back to a boil, lower the temperature and add the roux. Let cook for 10 minutes.
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - add roux
12. Once the gumbo has been simmering for at least 10 minutes, add the fresh parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste,
#Homemade #Seafood #Gumbo #CucinaDelloZio - parsley and lemon juice

serve over rice 


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Written by Zio James

December 22, 2015 at 10:40 PM

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