It has been such a long time since I had make a contribution to this section of my blog, but like I always say, a girl needs inspiration. So at the end of April my mom tells me that she will be hosting this years Mother’s Day lunch and I need to come up with a menu …. let me repeat that I had to come up with the menu and I had to prepare it.
So the menu for the Mother’s day is as follows:
- French Bread
- Assorted Vegetables with Dip
- Peach Bellini’s
- And Strawberry Icebox Cake
So believe me when I say that we have our hands full…I don’t have any experience making gumbo… so you all will be coming with me..
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 40 mins
Serves: 8 to 10
- 3 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 5 tablespoons margarine
- green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 8 cloves garlic minced
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves, coarsely chopped, plus chopped leaves for garnish
- 4 cups hot water
- 5 beef bouillon cubes
- 1 (14-ounce can) stewed tomatoes with juice
- 2 cups frozen sliced okra
- 4 green onions, sliced, white and green parts
- 1/2 pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and remove. Add the sausage and cook until browned, then remove. Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of margarine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes. Let the roux cool.
Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and cook for 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, to taste and the 1/4 bunch parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add 4 cups hot water and bouillon cubes, whisking constantly. Add the chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Just before serving add the green onions, shrimp and chopped parsley
Now this was prepared the day before, so I stopped after I let it simmer for an hour, the next day the shrimp and green onions an parsley are added right before serving.
I was afraid by the sheer amount of ingredients that this recipe had, especially considering I was going to be serving this to a group of women, who although are family members and love me, will be quick to tell me if they don’t like the way that something taste…. so doing this correctly was a must. This recipe is SUPER adaptable; not a fan of seafood? , add more chicken, don’t like the beef/pork Andouille there is a chicken version for you. And I’m sure that the flour could be substitute for something else for those whosuffer from glutton allergies
And this a defiantly a freezer friendly meal (for you singletons out there! … this can be held in the freezer for up to 8 months!!!)
I added all the ingredients into my My Fitness Pal and out popped this information
Until Next Time… Happy Cooking!!