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Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 18:12
by Krakowska
Anyone have a decent recipe for gumbo? Willing to bet this is the forum that can help me out. Never made it before but always wanted to do it. Help please. Thanks, Fred

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 20:19
by Darwin
I generally don't use recipes, so I can't give you one that I have tested. Here is one that looks right and is from a good site. ... bo-recipe/
The darker the roux the more flavor it will have, but a dark roux will thicken less than a lighter colored one. Good stock is important for flavor, if you don't have a home made one use a low sodium box instead of water. I would brown the chicken and use the fat to make the roux instead of baking it but that is me. I would also not add the sausage until the last half hour or so, I hate over cooked foods!

hope that helps a bit

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 21:09
by Cabonaia
If you're making shrimp gumbo, buy head-on shrimp and make your stock with the heads and shells. You'll be glad you did. You can find them at Asian stores.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 21:12
by Krakowska
Thanks, Much Appreciated :cool: Fred

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 21:33
by rgauthier20420
Fred, I've sent you a pm to another thread on another forums I've posted my mother's gumbo that she's been making for 20 years or so. Being from New Orleans, this is a dish close to my heart so. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 21:37
by Gulyás
Hi Fred,

I used to read here, they have some good ideas.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 22:34
by Butterbean
Don't get hung up on a recipe. Just use what you have on hand and toss it in the pot keeping in mind the time it takes to cook each ingredient and you won't go wrong.

Make your roux the way you want it then start adding stuff with the aforementioned in mind. If you are not using okra you need to add some file just before its finished cooking to thicken properly. Doesn't take much.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 23:20
by Krakowska
This is a great site and it never fails me or anyone. Thanks again fellas, Very much appreciated. Fred :grin:

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 13:55
by el Ducko
The best recipes for gumbo start with "First, you make a roux."

I've used the recipe in Paul Prudehomme's first cookbook for years, although I vary what's in it quite a bit. One time at a beach rental, we had an extra ingredient: if you cook with a high smoke point oil, it's possible to melt the plastic spoon into the roux, where it dissolves while cooking. ...not recommended for most batches, but you must realize that the Chinese have been adding melamine to foods for years to boost the apparent protein content. (Eeeewwwww!) ...until they were caught, recently.

"Okra is a must. Sausage is a must. Else-wise, it's a bust." (old saying that I just made up.)

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 16:12
by Gulyás
Yes Duk, I agree. The reason I like to cook on open fire is, that it gets 2 extra ingredients.........
Smoke and ash. :mrgreen:



Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 03:26
by el Ducko
Hmmm.... I don't see any of the "Cajun Holy Trinity," onion + bell pepper + celery. ...and that orange color in the roux, is that...PAPRIKA???
Yikes! :shock:

As they say on the banks of Bayou Bartholomew, where I grew up, "You ain't from around heah, are yuh, Boy?" (...more of a statement than a question.)

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 03:41
by Darwin
el Ducko wrote:
As they say on the banks of Bayou Bartholomew, where I grew up, "You ain't from around heah, are yuh, Boy?" (...more of a statement than a question.)
Up north of Monroe near Bastrop?

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 14:15
by el Ducko
Southeast Arkansas, west of Dermott. ...the fabulous "Tri-Cities" area (Dermott, Wilmot, and McGehee) nearby.

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 19:31
by Gulyás
Hey Duk, I mean Doc.

I was cooking Hungarian cattle goulash, just mentioned that sometimes I get more in than I put in.

And this is the recipe for that. I mean one in the millions. So it's NOT gumbo, or a different one of them. :mrgreen:

Cooking= Take four cans of anything, dump it in a bowl, and mix it twice from left to right. :mrgreen:

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Read more at ... BSmhT4A.99


Just make sure you clean the meat good.....

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:31
by markjass
Never made or tasted gumbo. Traditionally does Gumbo always contain shell fish? If so I would have to adapt it as I have a major gout reaction to shell fish. And it is only to shell fish.