Chicken And Okra Gumbo

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  • Heat the oil in a large heavy pan and add the flour.
  • Cook over a low heat, stirring, to make a dark brown roux (the color of hazelnut shells).
  • Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the okra, parsley, bay leaf, thyme, salt, peppers, and cayenne and tabasco to taste, then stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, and half the stock or water.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring well.
  • Simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • During this time, the okra, which is initially slimy, will turn the mixture very dark and glutinous.
  • Meanwhile, remove the chicken meat from the carcass.
  • Discard all skin and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the chicken meat and corn to the gumbo with the remaining stock or water and simmer for 30 minutes longer, stirring from time to time.

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  1. This was good and really easy to put together. I used 3 stalks celery because we love it. I also used a lb frozen okra b/c fresh was very expensive. For the tomatoes, I used a 14oz. can diced tomatoes, and a 6oz. can tomato sauce. Worked just fine. I also skipped out on the corn, as I'm not used to corn in my gumbo. We served this over white rice and it was really good!
  2. i had a lot of frozen okra to use and found this recipe. 3 cups stock and 3 cups water seemed a happy median and 1 regular sized can pureed tomatoes instead of ripe since i had no ripe. 3 stalks celery were needed for the chunkiness we like. 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs were the perfect amount of chicken for us. at first i thought 1/4 c flour would not be enough to thicken, but it was. i left the salt out so individuals could add their own at the table. the resulting gumbo was DELICIOUS! but the basic recipe would have been delicious as well. thank you gingerbear. i will every time we want a delicious southern gumbo


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