NEW ORLEANS "BEST" GUMBO

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60 min Prep
3 hr 10 min Total
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15 Servings

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Soul food takes on a spicy accent in gumbo packed with flavor, spice and plenty of shrimp and oysters. This crowd-pleasing dish might feature a long ingredient list, but the preparation itself is relatively simple. Grab a knife and get to work—you won’t regret it for a minute.


Ingredient List
  • Small check mark in a circle icon6 cups water
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 package (1 pound) chicken gizzards, chopped
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 tablespoon onion powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon paprika
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Dash of ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 large green bell pepper, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 pounds uncooked turkey or beef sausage links, cut into 1-inch slices
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 cups hot water
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 bag (1 pound) frozen chopped okra
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 package (6 ounces) frozen ready-to-serve crabmeat, thawed and drained
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 pounds fresh uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 can (8 ounces) regular or smoked oysters, drained
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Hot cooked rice, if desired
Preparation
  1. In 8-quart pot, heat 6 cups water to boiling. Add gizzards, seasoned salt, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, paprika, red pepper, bell pepper, onion and garlic. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in sausage. Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in heavy 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over high heat. Stir in flour; reduce heat to medium. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture is dark brown; remove from heat.
  3. Stir flour mixture into gizzard mixture until blended. Stir in 4 cups hot water, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Stir in okra, crabmeat, shrimp and oysters. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered 5 to 10 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm. Serve over rice.
Tips
  • Gumbo is the African name for "okra." One of the three important ingredients (along with onions and bell peppers) in gumbo, okra is used to thicken and flavor many southern dishes.
  • Wishing you could be in the beautiful, historic city of New Orleans during the biggest celebration of the year?

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    PARTY DECOR

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    Green lantern
    Purple lantern
    Invitation
    Bucket of beads
    Gold mask
    Purple tea light
    Green tea light
    Wine glasses
    Flatware
    Plate

    FESTIVE FOOD

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    Appetizer

    Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

    Dinner

    Cajun Catfish
    New Orleans Best Gumbo
    Slow Cooker Cajun Beef Stew

    Desserts

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    INVITATIONS

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    Throwing a Mardi Gras party has never been easier. Now go grab some beads and get the party started!