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Italian Gumbo, Enjoy!
A Great Combination
A Taste Of Italy and the South
When it comes to cooking or preparing a meal, I always like experiment. So one day I decided to make what is now one of my favorite original dish, Italian gumbo. Being from Louisiana, gumbo is naturally a favorite dish of mine. Spaghetti is another one of my favorite meals and has been for many years. Being the culinary enthusiast that I am, I decided to create a dish that would combine two of my favorite meals. Now that I have made the dish a few times, I decided that I would share the ingredients that make up my dish, Italian gumbo for those who are interested to try a exciting new meal.
1 32 ounce can of tomato sauce
2 16 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes
1 8 ounce can of tomato paste
1 each of yellow, orange and red bell peppers
Fresh Basil, Parsley and Oregano
3 to 4 boneless chicken breasts
1 pack of smoked sausage
1 to 2 packs of Italian Seasoning
1 Frozen bag of Okra cut up
Lemon or Lime Juice
Marinate chicken over night in lemon juice or lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and minced garlic. There is no real measurement on these ingredients, just add as much as you think will be necessary. Once you are ready to cook the chicken, dice up into cubes and add chicken and sausage into a frying pan and saute the meat. After the meat begins to brown a little, dice up the onion and all three peppers then add to the pan. Also add in the minced or fresh garlic, this will bring the flavors together. While this is sauteing, in another, deeper pan, you can begin to make the marinara sauce. First add the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and the paste. Stir together, then add your Italian seasoning and fresh herbs. Again, no real set measurement, I just use what I think will be a good amount. Once sauce has cooked for a few minutes, add in the Okra. Also, I like to add about a table spoon or two of the Worcestershire sauce. This will give it a little tang. Another ingredient I use sometimes is Balsamic Vinegar. And for those who like their marinara sauce on the sweet side, adding about a half a cup of sugar will provide that sweetness some people enjoy. Once the sauce has cooked and all the meat is cooked and onions and peppers are caramelized, add to the sauce. Once all the ingredients are added, let simmer for about thirty minutes to an hour. Sometimes I will serve it the next day and have it sit in the refrigerator over night just so the flavors mesh better. Either way, it is a great and easy dish to make. And it does fill you up like a meal should. So, I hope you experiment with this dish and enjoy it. Let me know what you think about it if you decide to make it. Or if you have any other ideas that can improve this meal.
Still a great dish to make. Combining recipes is always a fun way to create new meals and spice things up in the kitchen. This is still one of my favorite dishes to make. Especially when you have the freshest ingredients. Nothing like getting fresh produce. Makes a world of difference. And the appearance is a lot better as well. And we all know that is important when trying to impress your guests with a fancy meal.