17 March, 2013

Gumbo-Laya.... O.M.G. DELICIOUS!!!!

So, I'm sitting here on this wonderful cloudy Sunday afternoon curled up in bed with my daughter blogging and watching Breaking Dawn Part 2 for the second time for her, and like the 4th for me... I can't help myself. I loved every one of these books, and I loved every one of the movies. My daughter has not read the books, but she has seen every one of the movies. Our only issue is I'm Team Edward, and she's Team Jacob. If a nine year old can have serious crushes, Jacob Black is her first one.....

Grace + Jacob = TL 4 EVER!!!
Moving on... I spent yesterday menu planning, shopping, and finally cooking. I blew my grocery budget by $40.00 (GRR!!), but then I remembered I shopped with my kid - and no husband to occupy her. Usually either we all go, or I go alone.

I tried some more complicated meals this time, and they turned out FANTASTIC!!! :) I made this meal called Gumbo-laya. My Husband has been wanting to make this for a while now. So I finally got the ingredients and got to it on Saturday. See below for the play by play!

For starters, here's your ingredients!

“Gumbo-laya” Stew with Spicy Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp with Okra over Fragrant Garlic Rice
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(Serves about 6-8)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound spicy andouille (or smoked) sausage, sliced
8 chicken tenderloins (or 2 skinless/boneless chicken breasts), cut into bite-size pieces
• Salt
• Pepper
3 celery stalks, finely diced
1 large onion, finely diced
1 large bell pepper, finely diced
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon Creole seasoning
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon, heaping, tomato paste
½ pound okra, sliced into ¼ – ½” thick slices
1 (28 oz) can organic diced tomatoes with juice
2 cups chicken stock, hot
½ pound peeled and cleaned, medium size shrimp (raw)
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

You'll want to start by browing some andouille sausage in olive oil, remove and put aside. Then brown two chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces in the grease from the Sausage and a little salt and pepper, remove and set aside with the sausage. (SORRY! No pictures here!)

You'll then want to add in the celery, onion and bell pepper, and cook it for about 2-3 minutes in the oil until it carmelizes.

Then add in the bay leaves, the Creole seasoning, the cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and give it all a stir. (I did not measure these out. I have someone who is sensitive to spice, so I just added a little sprinkle of the cayenne and the Creole seasoning - you can always add that to individual bowls. Don't forget that spicy andouille sausage is just that, SPICY!) 

Then you'll add in the garlic, and give it another stir. Once it starts to smell yummy and becomes "aromatic", add in your tomato paste and cook just a minute to get rid of such a tomatoe-y taste. 

 Now it gets good! Add in that yummy sliced okra, your diced tomatoes and the juice, that hot chicken stock and that browned chicken and sausage. Stir it to mix all that goodness together, then let it simmer gently on  low/medium low, UNCOVERED for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, put that yummy shrimp in and let it simmer with everything else for two minutes - NO MORE! You do NOT want to overcook the shrimp. 

** Note: I did not buy frozen shrimp this time. I went to the Publix seafood counter and got just shy of a pound of shrimp to go in this. I also got to use my $2.00 off/$2.00 seafood coupon! They were already deveined, which is awesome because I absolutely STINK at deveining on my own!

Once you've made it this far, stir in some cilantro and parsley, and serve it over rice. The recipe calls for some "fragrant garlic rice" and has a recipe for it, but we just put ours over plain Jasmine rice. TOTALLY DELISH!

If you didn't already add some heat in the beginning, or want to leave that for your fellow partakers to do on their own, you can add hot sauce, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or srirracha, if you'd like some options. 

It looks FAB doesn't it? By far this is THE prettiest meal I've ever taken pictures of. Everyone loved it. Mom loved the shrimp and okra, I liked the shrimp and okra, and the Hubby liked the sausage and shrimp. It just has a little something for everyone.There are lots of ways to spice it up to your liking. If you are looking for some good Louisiana food, I'd definitely give this one a try. You will not be disappointed.

On a scale of one to five spoons, with five being the best, I'd give it a five for sure!

Thank you to The Cozy Apron for this awesome meal!

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Until Next Time!



  1. LOVE the spoon rating :-D - I may have to try it - but w/o the shrimp (I eat absolutely NO seafood!) . . . looks awesome though!

  2. No seafood? None?? Really? I'm not a big seafood either... Except for shrimp, tilapia, and some steamed Alaskan King Crab legs with melted butter.... Oh, I think I'm getting hungry.... :)