The name itself looks intimidating but cooking the dish is absolutely no sweat! Thanks to our ever-reliable Crock pot, the dish was ready in time for dinner.
Gumbo, for some reason, reminded me of Forrest Gump. 🙂 Remember the scene in Forrest Gump where his friend from Louisiana enumerates all the ways shrimps can be cooked? After checking the ever reliable Google, one website explained that the word’s origin is from the American French gombo, which refers to the vegetable, okra. Apparently, okra is African in origin and the gumbo was introduced in Louisiana in the 18th century via the West African labourers. Although this vegetable is no stranger to us having eaten it heartily with pinakbet , my kids have not gotten used to the taste and its gooey consistency may have reminded them of slime 😀 so I took it out. Too bad because okra gives the soup a thick consistency. One reader from this site said that you cannot call it gumbo if the okra isn’t there. Fair enough. 😀
Reluctantly, I also had to remove the cayenne pepper and added more black pepper given our kids’ delicate palates. However, my wife had the ingenious idea of adding Tabasco sauce to the adults’ serving after cooking. It does give the dish an extra kick so everyone on the table is contented! 🙂 But I might still try the dish with an okra on another occasion just to see if it does make a difference.
CHICKEN WITH ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND VEGGIES
(adapted from Chicken Gumbo Crockpot Slow Cooker Recipes)
1.Prepare the following ingredients:
½ kilo of chicken breast, skinless, deboned and sliced into ½ inch thick
1 whole onion
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup green bell pepper
½ cup carrots (optional)
¼ cup flour
3 tbsp. pepper
1 tbsp. paprika
4 tbsp olive oil (2 tbsp. to be used for sauteing the sausage while 2 tbsp. to be used for the flour
2. On a preheated pan, saute Italian sausage in 2 tbsp olive oil until the pink colour is gone.
5. Add the chicken and Italian sausage and toss until it gets coated evenly with the mixture. Then add the vegetables and season with pepper and paprika. Add some salt if desired and continue tossing for around 5 minutes.