Using Zatarain Gumbo Soup Base
Zatarain Soup Base
Making Gumbo Soup
Me being a chef and loving fresh products to cook with I rarely get the chance to use pre-package products .....Well this weekend I had a chance to use a product made by Zatarain it was a Gumbo soup base that really surprise me by the richness and the taste.
What I like about making a gumbo is that you can add anything to a gumbo what ever you want shrimp, chicken, sausage, craw fish even oysters but using this base I went to my refrigerator and got the ground lamb that I had seasoned it with some onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder and black pepper added a little bit of chopped cilantro to the lamb mix to make a little bit of moisture I added some beef stock and panko bread crumbs to bind it together to make bite size lamb meatballs..
So since I was going with a pre-pack product I decided to use some frozen vegetables that I brought from the kroger supermarket there really good and if your in a pinch for a nice vegetable there frozen product is really good, I use there gumbo soup vegetable mix it has celery, okra, corn, and carrots. but what I did was added some diced sauted onions to the mix so what I going to do is explain to you what I have done.
The first thing I done was make up my bite size meatballs using 1 1/2 pounds of ground lamb then then I pan fried them in a little olive oil in a medium size soup pot when they were done using the same pan I removed the meatballs the added the onions just enough to sweat them I removed them to the side I then added 3 12 oz cans of chicken stock and I let it come to a boil I then reduced it to a simmer and started to add the Zatarain soup base mix a little at a time whisking as I added the Zatarain.
Now that the Zatarain is all mixed it will start to thicken you can now add your vegetables let them cook for 2 minutes then added your lamb meatballs, sauteed onions and 2 tablespoons of butter mix in well and let simmer for 5 minutes.......Your gumbo is now done.
I suggest while your gumbo is simmering you make a small pot of rice it really goes great with gumbo. I hope you notice that I did not talk to much about adding any seasoning that's because the Zatarains is very well seasoned already on thing I will say if it's is to thick for you you can add more stock but for me it was perfect and remember you can make it any way you want it using what you like to eat .......Try and enjoy .....Happy Eating.