photo by Jenny Sanders
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 6 -8 cups greens (choose 1 cup each -- spinach, chard, kale, radish, celery, mustard, dau miu, turnip, collards, beets)
- 1 large onion
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil or 1/4 cup bacon fat
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 5 cups vegetable broth or 5 cups hot chicken broth
- 4 cups cooked rice (1 1/3 cup raw)
- Wash the greens, roll them up and shred them finely, and measure them.
- Steam them in the water that clings to them.
- Set them aside, with any cooking liquid from them.
- Mix the peeled chopped onion with the seasonings.
- Set aside.
- Make a roux by cooking the fat and flour, stirring constantly, until it browns, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the seasoned onions, and cook them slowly for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
- Slowly stir in the stock.
- If using leftover rice, break it up and stir it in.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the greens, heat through, and serve.
- If using rice freshly made for this dish, omit adding the rice to the gumbo.
- Put some in each bowl and serve the gumbo over it.
- (Just simmer the gumbo 10 minutes after the roux and stock have been mixed, then add the greens.).
Questions & Replies
Got a question? Share it with the community!
I did modify this a little, but its a great recipe and very versatile (as most gumbos are!). We added some meat- some smoked ham, a small tiliapia fillet and a couple slices bacon. We also used a red bell pepper and quite a few cloves of garlic. I used organic red russian kale and this was just a wonderful way to use the greens. I think this would also be great with a stronger green like mustard. I used the spices called for and also added about a tsp of Emeril's Essence Creole Seasoning recipe #41970. We also used beef stock rather than vegetable (I used Better than Boullion, and kept it light though). I used brown rice for the rice as well. So, I hope you don't mind all the modifications we made- it made a fantastic dinner. I am always buying greens and then struggling to figure out how to use them. This is a great twist on gumbo and a great way to get the nutrients from the greens. We served with sour cream and Crystal hot sauce- I enjoyed mine with a little extra sharp cheddar. Just great. A keeper! Thank you for another winner, Jenny!