Sunday, March 6, 2011

They Call It...GUMBO!

in the spirit of mardi gras, i decided to make a paleo gumbo.  it turned out phenomenal.  served over cauliflower rice, you would never know it's a paleo dish! 

2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 pound okra, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 pound chicken thighs
1 pound andouille sausage links
2 cups water
6 cups chicken broth
2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and
1 sprig fresh thyme
3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g.
1/2 teaspoon file powder (optional)
1.Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, celery and okra; cook and stir until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, and set aside.
2.Brown the sausage in the skillet over medium heat. Remove from the pan to drain on paper towels. Drain the sausage fat from the skillet, and pour in the vegetable oil to heat. Place the chicken in the skillet, and cook for about 20 minutes, turning frequently. Remove chicken from the pan, and place on paper towels to drain, leaving the oil in the pan.
3.Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until the roux reaches a deep brown color. This should take about 30 minutes.

Roux when ready.  Starts as an off-white mixture.

4.Stir 2 cups of water into the roux, and add the onion, garlic and peppers. Set the heat to medium, and bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken broth, and simmer over low heat. Cut the chicken into cubes, and add to the broth along with the sausage. Simmer for about 1 hour.
5.Meanwhile, prepare cauliflower rice. Click here for recipe. I chose not to add the curry powder for this recipe.
6.Add the shrimp to the gumbo, and season with thyme, parsley, salt, cayenne pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Cook for another 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the file powder.

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