Friday, September 11, 2009

Gumbo

My garden happened to succeed this year, and we have an absolute bumper crop of okra. The plants are ridiculously huge, the stalks several inches in diameter and the tops waving way past our heads. A lot of it has gone to waste because I hate the scratchy prickliness of the plants that leaves you itching for a good fifteen minutes post-pick, but we have certainly eaten our fill. I have fried it, stewed it, cooked it with tomatoes, pickled it and put a ton in the freezer for future pots of gumbo.

I was not introduced to gumbo until I came to the South. You poor, poor northerners have no idea what you're missing! It's right up there with cheese grits, crawfish and boiled peanuts. OK, some may argue about boiled peanuts making that list, but I like them. At any rate, you can't beat a good bowl of gumbo. Jason's mom makes it every year at Christmas, our old neighbors cooked up a pot before a football game, every respectable seafood joint boasts some version. The best kind is the kind you can't see through. Yes, the worse it looks, the better it tastes, my friends. There now, doesn't that look appetizing? If only your monitor were scratch-n-sniff!

Cook up some fluffy white riceand eat up!
The funny-looking green stuff in there is the okra.

7 comments:

Melissa said...

how do you make it? i'd love to try to make it(possibly minus the okra)

karla said...

now you really need to share your recipe after that sales pitch! :) unless, of course, it's a family secret.

heather said...

Hmmmm???? Maybe you should send out samples to those of us who are not sure about the giant gumbo.

erin said...

Now, you really can't make gumbo without okra, i don't think!

Cottonista said...

I'm with you, Erin! I don't think gumbo comes without okra, although I've heard there are ways.

I don't have a hard-and-fast recipe, but I'll try to post the basics soon.

Janice said...

mmmmmm.. . makes me hungry just looking at it :).

sherri said...

I have your recipe and have made it once. We loved it! Time for another gumbo night soon! =)