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Green Gumbo

Russ Myers


Green gumbo is served during lent as a meatless dish. Legend says for every green that is used a new friend will be made during the year.

Creole Gumbo, which is eaten primarily in the South, is a mix of Spanish, French, and African cuisine.

Gumbo is the traditional dish of Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana, where it is often seerved by masked horse riders who first collect the ingredients by stopping at your door and then come back with a warm plate of the gumbo.


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4 Bowls
20 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


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4 lb
mixed greens, (such as beet, cabbage, chard, chicory, collard, dandelion, escarole, kale, kohlrabi, mustard) leaves that have thick stems sheould have them removed.
3 medium
6 large
cloves garlic
1/2 Tbsp
whole black pepper
10 sprig(s)
bay leaves
1 small
green pepper
4 stalk(s)
1/2 c
butter (or vegetable oil)
1/2 c
1 Tbsp
dried oregano
1/2 tsp
red pepper flakes
salt to taste

How to Make Green Gumbo


  • 1Stock:
    Use one medium onion cut in half, three whole large cloves garlic, 1/2 Tbs whole black peppercorns, 10 parsley sprigs, and 2 bay leaves.

    Place in stock pot with two quarts of water.
  • 2Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain liquid and return to pot.

    Using stock, blanch greens. Remove leaves from pot.
    Set aside.
    Keep stock warm.
  • 3Roux:
    Dice remaining onion into 1/2 inch dice. Seed and devein pepper, cut into 1/2 dice.
    Remove leaves from celery, cut into 1/2 inch dice.
    Finely chop remaining three garlic cloves.
  • 4In pot large enough to hold entire gumbo, add butter or oil, whichever you are using, and flour.
    Stir flour in oil over high heat until nutty brown.
    This will take almost 30 minutes.
  • 5Remove from heat add onion, green pepper, celery and garlic.
    Return pot to stove over medium heat.
    Cook until vegetables are tender.
  • 6Soup:
    When vegetables are tender, using a whip, slowly whisk in warm stock.
    Bring to a boil.
    Boil gently for 5 minutes.
    Add reserved greens to stock along with remaining spices.
    Cook until greens are tender.
    Add salt to taste.

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About Green Gumbo

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tags: Healthy, Heirloom

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