Red Bean Gumbo

Red Bean Gumbo

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Nita Clapper

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This is a favorite for our family. I use veggies from the garden during their season. I am unable to find the File powder here in our rural area. The gumbo is fine without it.

Please adjust your cooking time if you use dried beans.

Enjoy!!

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Serves:
6 to 8 (main dish)
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 15 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1
    onion, diced
  • 1
    green bell pepper, diced
  • 2
    celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 4
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 c
    high-quality chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 lb
    okra, sliced (about 4 cups) or frozen during winter
  • 1 1/2 c
    fresh or canned, diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c
    fresh parsley
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground red pepper
  • ·
    salt
  • 1/4 c
    canola oil
  • 1/4 c
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
    cooked red kidney beans
  • 4 to 6 c
    hot, cooked white rice
  • ·
    file powder (if you can find it)
  • ·
    louisiana-style hot sauce

How to Make Red Bean Gumbo

Step-by-Step

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, green pepper, celery and garlic, saute until the onion is limp, about 4 minutes. Add the broth, okra, tomatoes, parsley, bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, white pepper, and ground red pepper,and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, combine the canola oil and white flour, stirring until you have a smooth paste. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the paste is a rich brown. This will take close to 30 minutes. Do not let the mixture burn. If it does, you must throw it out and start over again. Carefully stir the roux into the gumbo. Add the kidney beans. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Simmer for another 15 minutes.
  3. To serve, ladle the gumbo over the hot rice in large soup bowls. Pass the file powder and hot sauce at the table.

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Course/Dish: Bean Soups



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