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green-gumbo recipe

Date: Sun, 29 Oct 1995 09:54:11 -0500
 From: cpa@gis.net
 Our latest invention in the soulfood category:
 1-1/2 c. veggie stock (or prepared bouillon)
 1 bunch kale, chopped
 1/2 lb fresh okra, sliced 1/4" thick
 2 lg. portobello (or ordinary) mushrooms, diced small (1/4")
 1/2 c. fatfree roux (see blow)
 3-4 ribs celery, sliced across in 1/4" pieces
 1 green pepper, chopped
 1 large onion, chopped
 Pepper, veggie bouillon 
 Cook the kale in the veggie stock, covered, until tender.  Hold in the stock 
 while preparing the other ingredients.
 Roux:  Put 1/2 c. flour in a large-bottom well-seasoned cast iron pot or 
 skillet and stir constantly over medium-low heat until caramel colored and 
 toasty smelling (You could use anonstick skillet--I use an old cast iron 
 "gumbo pot" I inherited).  As soon as it gets to the point you want it, put in 
 the chopped pepper, onion, celery and mushrooms and stir, increasing heat a 
 bit, until the onion is clear (and the whole thing smells wonderful and 
 "cooked"). [If you prepared a lot of the toasted roux flour ahead, you should 
 then dry saute the vegetables until the onion is clear and edges a bit broun, 
 THEN add the 1/2 cup of toasted flour and stir in, then proceed with the rest 
 of the recipe].
 Now add all the other ingredients, including the stock the kale cooked in. 
 Cook for 20 min.to a half hour, until the okra is done but still a bit 
 crunchy.  Taste for seasoning; if it needs more salt, add veggie bouillon to 
 bring it up and round out the flavor.
 Serve hot over cooked rice, and pass the Tabasco. If you like, you could also 
 sprinkle a 1/4 tsp of gumbo file over it at the table, but this is not 
 necessary because the okra is in there.  4 generous servings.
 We put a big ring of rice in a flat soup bowl, put a big scoop of fatfree 
 refried beans in the middle, and put the gumbo in a ring over the rice.  On 
 the side we had toasted french bread and a head of roasted garlic to spread on 
 it.  T'was a satisfying fall meal.
 kwvegan vegan