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New Orleans Ham Gumbo

Posted in : Soups on by : Daphne

Ingredients:

9 tablespoons shortening or oil7 tablespoons flour1/2 cup chopped onion1/2 cup diced bell pepper1 (16 ounce) can tomatoes, pureed in blender1 (15 ounce) can Spanish style tomato sauce1/2 cup water1 1/2 teaspoons salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon chili powder1/2 teaspoon celery salt1 tablespoon brown sugar1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce, optional1 1/2 cups sliced fresh okra2 cups cubed cooked ham, 1/2-inch cubes

Instructions:

Melt shortening in large 5-quart Dutch oven over medium high heat.

Add flour; cook and brown flour, stirring constantly, until it is deep, dark brown.

Add chopped onion and diced bell pepper. Flour will stop browning when onion is added. Cook until onion turns clear, stirring occasionally.

Add tomato sauce, purred tomatoes and water; stir until smooth and boiling. Cook 3 minutes or until thickened.

Add all spices and seasoning, stirring well.

Add thin-sliced okra and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add cubed ham and continue cooking 10 minutes.

Gumbo may be prepared in a day in advance and stored in refrigerator.

Serve over scoops of fluffy white rice.

** Cleaned shrimp may be substituted for all or half of ham.