Hey Readers, how are we all today?
Since watching Princess and the frog yesterday on Disney+ I was longing for New Orleans and in particular the Gumbo, Food in Southern America is by far my favourite and gumbo is a Southern American dish that contains what they would say is a “holy trinity of veggies” which is normally Onions, Bell peppers and Celery as a base.
So, without further I thought I would share the recipe, which I used to make this amazing dish.
Okra + Green Bean Gumbo | Prawn
Prep time: 15 Minutes | Cook time: 40 Minutes
- Olive Oil
- 1 Red Onion (Diced)
- 2 Celery sticks (Diced)
- 2 Peppers
- Handful of Okra
- Handful of Green beans
- 2 Small Sweet Potato (Peeled and Diced)
- ½ Tablespoon of Paprika
- 3 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
- 400G Chopped tomato (I used a can)
- 2 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
- 800ml Vegetable Stock
- “Slap your mama” – Cajun seasoning ( You can use normal Cajun Seasoning).
Because by now we should know how much I love to garnish any meal I make and this one was no different. What I used was the following.
- 2 Spring onions finely sliced
- Handful of chopped Parsley
- 1 Red chilli finely sliced
- 1 Teaspoon of Lime Juice (This was optional you could use a wedge slice if you like).
I heated the oil in a large saucepan. I then threw in the Onions celery pepper and okra and cooked it gently over a medium heat for 10 Minutes, until it is starting to soften.
I moved on to adding in the green beans and sweet potato and Paprika, Garlic to the pan and gave it a little mix this then cooked for a further 2 minutes. Once the 2 Minutes was up it was time to stir in the tomato, Worcestershire Sauce, and the vegetable stock and bring to simmer. I went on to Season with the salt and pepper and let the dish simmer on a low heat for around 25 minutes until everything was tender at this point you can always add a bit more water when you do the occasional stir if you want the sauce a bit more thinner. We were having crusty bread with ours, so I left the sauce as it was.
Once the meal has been cooked to perfection. It was time to add the garnish.
Oh I almost forgot the Last thing I did was cook the prawns as this was a last minute throw in, The prawns we had took about 3 minutes in the pan to cook, which is what I did and then added them with the garnish at the end and served it up.
This recipe was a real tummy warmer and would be perfect for them cosy nights in. I will cook it more in the colder months that is for sure.
Until next time, I really hope you have enjoyed this little blog on the recipe of the okra and green bean gumbo. If you have any recipes similar or your go to belly warmer recipes, I would love to see them.
Lots of Love