Tuesday was Mardi Gras so I decided to be festive and make gumbo (for the first time). I was vegan for the entire nine months I lived in New Orleans! It was tough and I practically lived at the Arabella Station Whole Foods! I was a pretty happy vegan, but now that I know about seafood and Louisiana cooking, I think I missed out…
Now…on to the GUMBO!
I looked at a couple recipes and the first called for an oil and flour roux.
I waited for the roux to brown (~10 minutes) and then ended up adding a couple tablespoons of butter for good measure (what’s a roux without butter?).
While the roux browned, I chopped up all the veggies: jalapenos, green pepper, onion, tomatoes, parsley, scallions, and celery.
Celery + green bell pepper + onion = the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking”
Sautee the veggies in the roux!
Add scallions, garlic and parsley!
Let’s add a little Cajun flava!
Ok tomatoes, it’s your turn!
Time for the veggie stock!
Now in to the crockpot to get nice and flavorful!
It’s not a dinner (in our house) without a fresh salad!
I did it! I made gumbo!!
What’s the peaking out? Oh yea…I added shrimp to the crock pot when it was almost time to serve!
What’s Louisiana cookin’ without seafood??
Happy Mardi Gras