I wanted to follow up requests in response to my post on Spices, and share the gumbo recipe I mentioned.
It’s my mom’s from her mom, Nannie (Louise P. Curtis)
I’ve used Nannie’s original language
Start with 1 large TBS bacon, ham or sausage drippings in heavy saucepan
Chop 1 pound of okra, 1 large onion, 1 large bell pepper and 5 cloves of garlic
Fry in oil until wilted. Okra will lose stringiness.
Add 1-2 TBS of flour. Cook slowly about 30-45 minutes until okra gets drier.
Add 1 can tomato paste
Add hot seafood water, about 4 cups
Add seafood 1 lb crabmeat and 1 lb peeled shrimp
- 2 drops Tabasco or cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- a couple of bay leaves
- chopped celery (1/4 cup)
- green onions and parsley (optional)
Simmer for about 1 hour over very low fire
Serve over rice
Note: I always added olive oil and Louisiana Crystal Hot Sauce and opened a bottle of Jax or two.