Cajun Gumbo. Simple Cajun stew with chicken and or shrimp and okra in a thick gravy like base.
1poundchicken breasts and/or thighscut in ½ inch pieces
black and cayenne pepperto taste
3 ½cupschicken stock
1poundfresh or frozen okracut into ½ inch rings
4cupscooked rice or penne pasta
hot sauce and file powderfor serving
Use medium heat and a dry, small skillet. Brown flour stirring constantly with a fork until medium brown, about the color of walnut shells. Watch carefully, to prevent burning. If it does burn, throw it out and begin again with fresh flour.
Heat a deep cast iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Test the temperature of the pan by lightly gently tapping the top edge of the pan with the tip of your index finger. Heat the oil in the hot pan until it begins to sizzle and turn heat down to medium. Add the chicken cubes or shrimp, vegetables, garlic, herbs and pepper and stir until lightly browned.
Add the browned flour and stir until all ingredients are evenly coated with the flour. Reduce the burner temperature as required to keep from burning ingredients.
Add the chicken broth and Worchester sauce; turn the burner heat up to medium-high and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked. Add okra and cook until it is done to your liking. Frozen okra requires less cooking time.
Correct the seasoning. Add salt if needed.
Serve over cooked rice or pasta with bread on the side. Place bottles of hot sauce and file' on the table so diners can add to suit their tastes--mild, medium hot or native Cajun Wow!