Soul food takes on a spicy accent in gumbo packed with flavor, spice and plenty
of shrimp and oysters. Gumbo is the African name for "okra." One of the
three important ingredients (along with onions and bell peppers) in gumbo, okra
is used to thicken and flavor many southern dishes.
6 cups water
1 (1 pound) package chicken gizzards, chopped
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Dash of ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 large green bell pepper, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 pounds uncooked turkey or beef sausage links, cut into 1-inch slices
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour
4 cups hot water
1 (1 pound) bag frozen chopped okra
1 (6 ounce) package frozen ready-to-serve crabmeat, thawed and drained
2 pounds fresh uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 (8 ounce) can regular or smoked oysters, drained
Hot cooked rice, if desired
In 8-quart pot, heat 6 cups water to boiling. Add gizzards, seasoned salt,
parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, paprika, red pepper,
bell pepper, onion and garlic. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered
1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Stir in sausage. Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, in heavy 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over high heat. Stir in flour;
reduce heat to medium. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until
mixture is dark brown; remove from heat.
Stir flour mixture into gizzard mixture until blended. Stir in 4 cups hot
water, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly.
Stir in okra, crabmeat, shrimp and oysters. Heat to boiling; reduce heat
to low. Simmer uncovered 5 to 10 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm.
Serve over rice.
Yield: 15 servings
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No changes.
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 320 (Calories from Fat 155); Total
Fat 17g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat ncg); Cholesterol 155mg; Sodium 1100mg; Total
Carbohydrate 13g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars ncg); Protein 28g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 12%; Calcium 8%; Iron 26%