Dinner tonight – Okra gumbo

Fall brings a smaller selection at the Farmer’s Market. Last week, we picked up what was available and I planned our week’s menu based on what we came home with: butternut squash, apples, zucchini, mushrooms and okra. These ingredients turned into:

  • baked pasta with mushroom sauce
  • Greek zucchini (recipe clipped by Grandma Ava) with quinoa
  • butternut squash risotto
  • gumbo with brown rice

I’d never made gumbo before, but I figured it would be a good way to use up a large amount of okra. As with most new things I want to try, I looked up at least five recipes online to get an idea about ingredients and cooking methods. Then I made something up with considerations of my budget and what I had on hand.

Slow Cooker Gumbo

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
  • 1 lb. okra, sliced

Put all ingredients except okra in slow cooker and mix. Cook on High 3 hours or Low 6 hours. After that cooking time, slice okra and put in a microwave-safe bowl, cover and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes. Add to slow cooker and cook for an additional hour. Also within the final hour, add some cooked rice (leftovers would work great).

I certainly don’t claim that this is an authentic recipe, but it ended up being an affordable, filling soup and a tasty way to use some okra. I think sliced okra is such a happy food; it looks like a star or a flower, that’s just fun!

1 thought on “Dinner tonight – Okra gumbo

  1. As I understand it from someone who lived in France for several years, Diana took a more European approach to her shopping experience. She went to the Farmer’s Market, purchased things that were appealing. seasonal and fresh, and then came home to plan what to do with them. The contrasting classic American approach is to decide in advance what the meals will be, and to simply go purchase those things.

    I like to think that I take an approach to shopping and cooking that’s somewhere in the middle. Some amount of structure, but some degree of flexibility and spontaneity.

    Hmmmm…. This seems to loop back to Diana’s post on balance and margin.

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