Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's a Gumbo Kind of Day!

Chicken Gumbo with Shrimp

It was cold today, although warmer than yesterday's below zero temperatures.  Since we were expecting a storm some time after noon, I decided to make one of my favorite soups for supper. 

Soup simmering on the stovetop is so comforting  especially when stormy weather is brewing!

I found the recipe many years ago in Woman's World Magazine and it was delicious! It remains a family favorite! I tweak it to my own personal taste adding slightly more vegetables and chicken broth then the recipe calls for. Because I add more broth, I add an extra tablespoon of oil and a bit more flour so that it thickens nicely.

Chicken/Shrimp Gumbo

3T oil
1/4 C flour

1 c green bell pepper, chopped
1 c onion, chopped
1 c celery chopped
2-3 cloves minced garlic

12 oz pkg frozen okra

3 C chicken broth
28 oz can whole tomatoes with juice
2 t hot sauce
1 bay leaf

2 C cooked chicken cut up in bite sized pieces
1 lb cooked shrimp

Salt, pepper to taste

Combine oil and flour in stockpot. Stir over medium heat until dark brown.

 Add green pepper, onion, celery and garlic. 

Cook vegetables until tender.

 Add chicken broth, tomatoes and bay leaf. Stir.

 Add okra and bring mixture to boil. Then reduce heat. Cook okra until tender.
 Add tabasco (hot sauce) cooked chicken and shrimp.

Remove bay leaf and serve over rice.

Smells so yummy!!!!!

While the rice was cooking my dog begged me to take her out.  It had started to snow while I was cutting up the chicken for my soup. She was standing (all fours) on the arm of her love seat in the living room, staring out the window, watching the snow fall. I took her out.

It was snowing at a good clip and she sure does love the snow.

She wanted to stay out, sit and watch the snow fly. I wanted to go in and watch the snow fly from the kitchen window.

She won! She gave me the look.....

and then....

stuck her head into the snow.

I went in, baked some dinner rolls and my husband and I enjoyed a hot bowl of gumbo on rice. 


How's the weather where you are? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!