southern cooking

“Almost Gumbo”

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Serves 4 to 6.

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This one is from grandpa’s recipe box, but I can’t figure out why it’s called “Almost” Gumbo; it sure sounds like full-on gumbo to me!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen cut okra, thawed and drained.
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long- or whole-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

Directions:

  1. In a 6-quart soup pot, combine the sausage, water, tomatoes, okra, thyme, and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.

Note: If you’d like to make this even more authentic-tasting, add about a pound of peeled, cooked shrimp 5 minutes before serving.

-Star