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Shrimp and Bean Gumbo

Total Time
42 min
Prep
17 min
Cook
25 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Gumbo is a New Orleans specialty. Ours boasts shrimp and beans but you can also make it with chicken and sausage.
Ingredients

canola oil

1 Tbsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

jalapeño pepper(s)

1 medium, minced (don't touch seeds with bare hands)

uncooked celery

1 rib(s), medium, rib, chopped

all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp

canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz, undrained

canned kidney beans

15 oz, rinsed and drained

uncooked okra

2 cup(s), frozen, sliced (do not thaw)

dried thyme

¼ tsp, or to taste

dried oregano

¼ tsp, or to taste

table salt

½ tsp, or to taste

black pepper

¼ tsp, or to taste

hot pepper sauce

½ tsp, or to taste

canned chicken broth

1½ cup(s), or vegetable broth

uncooked shrimp

12 oz, large variety, peeled and deveined

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, jalapeno and celery; cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes. Add flour; stir constantly until flour is absorbed.
  2. Add tomatoes with their liquid; stir constantly, scraping up any browned bits in pot. Stir in beans, okra, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir well. Add broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Add shrimp; reduce heat to low and simmer until shrimp are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
Notes
This is a mildly-spiced gumbo. For more heat, add a dash of hot sauce before eating and consider adding a dash of red pepper flakes with the other seasonings. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

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