Bayou Gumbo

Come home to a flavorful hearty gumbo made with sausage, rice, okra and other veggies.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 7 hr 50 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
3
tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2
pound smoked pork sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2
cups frozen cut okra
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1
large green bell pepper, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2
cups uncooked regular long-grain white rice
3
cups water
1
package (12 ounces) frozen cooked peeled and deveined medium shrimp, rinsed

  • 1 Mix flour and oil in 1-quart heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring constantly; reduce heat to medium. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture turns reddish brown.
  • 2 Place flour-oil mixture in 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients except rice, water and shrimp.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 9 hours or until okra is tender.
  • 4 About 25 minutes before serving, cook rice in 3 cups water as directed on package. Meanwhile, stir shrimp into gumbo. Cover and cook on low heat setting 20 minutes. Serve gumbo over rice.

Expert Tips

Okra is a signature ingredient for gumbo. The vegetable, which is popular in the South, adds flavor and helps thicken the sauce. The name gumbo actually is a derivation of the African word for "okra."

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
140mg
140%;
Sodium
720mg
720%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
28%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 2 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.