Slow Cooker Gumbo

April 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

E: We figured it was time that Nombudsman did a gumbo, so here it is. I know very little about gumbo, and so I do not expect this is the best recipe out there. (If you have a favorite recipe, please let us know!) However it passed our test, so with some adjustment of the spices to your liking it should at least be good, on the road to fantastic. It also makes a lot if you follow the amounts shown here. I mean a lot. We got 3-4 dinners for two out of the total amount, plus there is still a little in the freezer.

as you can see, this was what the cornbread went with

The overall process is quite easy, in part because of the slow cooker. I think the gumbo would have had deeper, more developed flavors if we had cooked the onions, peppers and celery in some oil first, and gotten some nice color on them. But then it wouldn’t have been such a hands-off process.

I should note that we didn’t use any seafood or seafood stock in this, so it would be good for people who don’t like those things. The only meat we added was a couple chicken andouille sausages, which honestly were a) an unknown, impulse purchase, b) not the best as they were pre-cooked and a bit rubbery and therefore c) were not a big component of the dish’s flavor. On the plus side, that means you could do this as a vegetarian recipe without any loss at all. And if you are going to use andouille, for goodness’ sake don’t make our mistake, and get some better sausages.

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April 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

J: My mom used to make cornbread for us from scratch all the time when I was a kid, and it was always one of my favorite sides.  She gave me the recipe when I moved down here, and then I heard that Erik had never really found a cornbread he liked — challenge accepted.  We made this a few weeks ago and he loved it!  It’s not so sweet that it crosses into “dessert” territory, but it’s just sweet enough to complement any spicy chili or stew-type dish you might want to serve it with.

cornbread in a teaser photo for our next post!

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