16 Reviews

This was absolutely wonderful!! My dh, who is from New Iberia, LA ate 3 helpings of this. He has bugged me to find a good gumbo recipe and now I know I have. He appreciates the fact that there is no okra in this and so do I because I have found okra to be slimy. Thank you Melissa for this keeper!

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Sams Mom October 21, 2002

This is the best tasting GUMBO I have ever had!! I personally do not like okra and don't see what the big deal is with the above two comments made. I lived in Louisiana for several years and had been served GUMBO without okra on several occations. I highly recommend this recipe especially for those who don't particualarly care for the green slimy vegetable!

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Suzanne Metz October 17, 2002

I was raised in Louisiana as well and gumbo is something made with a roux and some sort of meat. You do not necessarily have to have okra in it for it to be gumbo. You can go to any fine resturant or in fact any Good cajun resturant and find there is not okra in the gumbo. Mulate's in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana makes some of the finest gumbo around and there is no okra in it at all. It is all a matter of personal choice. My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are all Louisiana natives as I am, and for 4 generations back, okra was never used in any of our gumbo.

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Missy Wright October 17, 2002

This was absolutely delicious. It does take time to make, but was well worth the wait. I had to use more grease to get the roux to a good consistany. And Roux is not easy to make. You are right about keeping an eye on it and stirring it constantly. But in the end it was all worth it. I used a store brand all beef sausage with the chicken, next time I will go a little more fancy with the sausage. My DH ate this up and promptly went for seconds then thirds. I will make this again soon.

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Aeriou September 10, 2002

This is the closest to how I make it I've ever seen. There is a okra gumbo with chicken but okra in all gumbos is totally inaccurate. At least not in Franklin, La. Oh yeah, don't forget to put the file' on the table for everyone to use as much as they want

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Chef Ed #3147 February 15, 2007

This is the best!!! Last time I had GUMBO this good was when I was in New Orleans last year for Mardi Gras. I have wanted to find a recipe that would compare to Ralph and Kakoos in New Orleans and this is it!! I just added some shrimp to the roux and it made it just right. Thank you Melissa!

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Mireille October 23, 2002

What a flavorful Gumbo! I cooked it one evening then put in in the fridge over night and had it the next day. The flavors were delightful! I used chicken breasts and a spicy beef sausage served over basmatic rice. My whole family loved it. I do appreciate the 'no okra', I never would have tried a recipe with okra in it. Thank you Melissa for this keeper.

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Charleston Annie October 23, 2002

Amazing. Turns out great every time. Sometimes I add okra, sometimes not. Good either way!

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TrySumthinNew February 01, 2014

Many Thanks!! Missy for personally teaching me how to cook this wonderful gumbo recipe. I can't tell you enough how wonderful it is on a cold snowy day. You have so many other great recipes I hope you will continue to share them here on Recipezarr. Huge Hugs..

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kmergirl December 13, 2007

I loved this dish! However, I did add the okra because I am a fan of this slimmy veggie. The time of making this recipe was well worth it.

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Mamma Chef1156 September 11, 2007
South Louisiana Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (No Okra!)