Damn Good Gumbo

Damn Good Gumbo


  • 3 strips bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds frozen okra, sliced (can be thawed, but will cook faster)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white pepper, in all
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, in all
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (fresh clove)
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lb. andouille smoked sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 lb. medium peeled shrimp
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped green onions
  • Freshly cooked Rice


  1. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon over high heat, for about three minutes.
  2. Add 2 bags of okra; cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add 1 tsp. of white pepper, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper and black pepper. Stir well. Continue cooking until well browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add 1 c. chicken stock. Stir onions, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often and scraping the pan to remove blackened bits as needed.
  5. Stir in tomatoes and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring and scraping frequently.
  6. Add another 2 cups of stock; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Stir in the remaining 1/2 tsp. white pepper, 1/2 tsp. cayenne, salt, garlic, onion powder and thyme.
  8. Add the butter and continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring until butter is melted, scraping the pan bottom well until there is very little stuck to the bottom.
  9. Add the remaining 7 cups of stock, stirring well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  10. Add the andouille and raw chicken and return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Add the remaining 2.5 cups of okra; simmer for 8 minutes.
  12. Then add the shrimp and green onions. When shrimp is pink, remove from heat.
  13. Skim away any oil from the surface and serve immediately with a small mound of rice in the middle.

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