Happy Mardi Gras (I Miss New Orleans).

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.

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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?).

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While the roux browned, I chopped up all the veggies: jalapenos, green pepper, onion, tomatoes, parsley, scallions, and celery.

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Celery + green bell pepper + onion = the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking”

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Sautee the veggies in the roux!

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Add scallions, garlic and parsley!

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Let’s add a little Cajun flava!

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Ok tomatoes, it’s your turn!

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Time for the veggie stock!

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Now in to the crockpot to get nice and flavorful!

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Gumbo toppings:

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It’s not a dinner (in our house) without a fresh salad!

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I did it! I made gumbo!!

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What’s the peaking out? Oh yea…I added shrimp to the crock pot when it was almost time to serve!

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What’s Louisiana cookin’ without seafood??

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YUM!

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Happy Mardi Gras Smile

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