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Chop and Drop “Gumbo”

July 31, 2013

I call this “gumbo” because, being from Louisiana, there’s no way I could in good faith say that this is *actually* gumbo—no roux!!!

But it does taste like a lighter, easier version of gumbo.  When I say easy, I mean really easy– it literally took ten minutes of actual work.  I know, because I almost didn’t make it.  Yesterday, I had a meeting up at campus at 1:00, which meant that I needed to leave the house by 12:30.  When I came down to make some lunch, it was already noon and I realized I’d forgotten to make the gumbo for our dinner that night.  Alas, I decided to do the quick “chop and drop” routine, and with a little help from my sous chef (Ryan opened the tomato cans Smile), it was ready to boil by 12:10!

I heated olive oil in a soup pot, and then chopped and dropped:

1 onion

1 green bell pepper

2 large chicken breasts

2 cups kielbasa sausage (I used Jennie-O’s turkey sausage)

I let all that cook together for about five minutes, seasoned with oregano, paprika, and lots of Tony’s creole seasoning.

Then, I dropped in:

2 cups frozen gumbo

2 cans diced tomatoes

4 cups chicken broth

Brought it all up to a boil, boiled it for 10 minutes, then took it down to a simmer and it simmered away while I was at my meeting—for about an hour.

When I got home at six, all we had to do was heat up some bread:


Plus, it made a LOT of gumbo, so I froze enough for us to have it for another meal (or two) in the fall, once school starts. 



Off to a playdate this morning, and then I’ve got more meetings/work up at campus.  Speaking of which, look who came to visit me in my office yesterday:

They’re awfully cute.  But they didn’t do ANY of the work I asked them to do.  Dogs make really lousy teaching assistants. Winking smile

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 1:34 pm

    I’ve only had gumbo once as a kid. And as much as I like really thick, rich stew-ish dishes, I hated the okra LOL. Of course, now it’s pretty much no-go with the no-meat thing 😉

    • July 31, 2013 8:38 pm

      Yeah, I think okra probably freaks a lot of little kids out…pretty slimey. 🙂

  2. July 31, 2013 4:28 pm

    Pure comfort food! It looks so darn delicious, Anna!

  3. July 31, 2013 8:26 pm

    That gumbo looks delicious, even with no roux. By the way, you can now buy roux in a jar (I don’t know who makes it), and the people who have used it swear that you can’t tell the difference from homemade. It’s already dark brown and you just stir it in. Try it sometime and tell me what you think. Those dogs are so cute, and it looks like they’re doing what they can to help (sitting and staying). Pretty smart!

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