Quick 'n Easy Gumbo

Recipe by Rob in Malibu
READY IN: 25mins




  • Pour a glass of nice red wine and have a drink.
  • Put some Italian opera on the stereo and turn volume up.
  • Start a big pot of rice, I prefer white rice to serve this gumbo over.
  • Rice is on the top shelf to the right.
  • Cut meat into nice bite-sized slices, keeping fingers clear of blade.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a big pot and slowly saute meat with garlic and onions.
  • Try not to eat too much of the meat while you cook or allow family members to.
  • Precooked meats like the pork will speed process.
  • Uncooked meats like chicken or shrimp can be quickly boiled in chicken broth and tossed in later.
  • Never under cook chicken.
  • Saute until lightly browned.
  • Add broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat to medium and then add all the other ingredients one at a time starting with firmer vegetables first (they need more cooking) and soft last.
  • Toss in spices last.
  • Cook over medium heat until all ingredients are blended and cooked to your liking.
  • Not over cooked or too soft is how I like it.
  • Maybe fifteen minutes tops.
  • The longer you cook the more the flavors will blend, but I prefer separate identifiable flavors so I cook less.
  • Now taste your results being careful not to burn your tongue no matter how hungry you are.
  • You're going to need that tongue later.
  • Add ingredients according to your liking.
  • I like to toss in some of the wine I'm drinking and I always add more garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Don't make it too spicy or your wife will not enjoy it.
  • Serve over rice in big bowls.
  • Put salt and pepper and Tabasco on the table for others to adjust flavors to their liking.
  • You can now add more Tabasco to your own bowl and give your wife a wink.
  • Turn off the TV and try talking to each other for a change.
  • Finish the bottle of wine and go for a walk around the neighborhood after dinner to aid digestion.
  • Enjoy!