Mardi Gras Gumbo
Recipe from The Food Channel

Hearty slow-simmered traditional gumbo served ladled over steamed white rice. Perfect for Mardi Gras season...or anytime you're hungry!

Mardi Gras Gumbo

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  • 9   tablespoons 
    olive oil
  • 1/2  cup 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1   cup 
    diced onions
  • 3/4  cup 
    fine diced ham
  • 1/2  cup 
    fine diced celery
  • 1/2  cup 
    diced green bell pepper
  • 3   tablespoons 
    minced garlic
  • 2   quarts 
    chicken broth
  • 1   cup 
    canned, diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1   tablespoon 
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 4   
    dried bay leaves
  • 1   tablespoon 
    minced fresh basil
  • 1   teaspoon 
    minced fresh thyme
  • 1   teaspoon 
    minced fresh oregano
  • 2   cups 
    frozen sliced okra
  • 2   teaspoons 
    dried Cajun seasoning
  • 1   teaspoon 
  • 1   pound 
    raw peeled and de-veined shrimp
  • 4   cups 
    cooked long-grain white rice, warm
  • 1/2  cup 
    sliced green onions
To prepare roux, heat 6 tablespoons olive oil in small heavy pan; add flour and whisk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until roux is a dark caramel color and has a toasted nut aroma. Remove from heat and reserve.
In a heavy 4-quart soup pot (or gumbo pot), heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat; add onions and saute until translucent.
Add ham, celery, green peppers, and garlic; saute for 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add reserved roux and stir until all vegetables are coated.
Slowly whisk in chicken broth; add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, okra, Cajun seasoning and salt.
Stir until blended, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add shrimp and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
To serve, portion rice in bowls and top with gumbo; garnish with minced green onions.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 565, Fat, total (g) 27, chol. (mg) 138, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 52, fiber (g) 4, sugar (g) 7, pro. (g) 28, vit. A (IU) 729, vit. C (mg) 27, sodium (mg) 1931, calcium (mg) 151, iron (mg) 5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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