I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to traditional “Cajun” cuisine. You would think it would be more of a love/love due to the very fact that I go weak at the knees for some good heat and well seasoned food. But there’s something, I just can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, that steers me in a negative direction.
So today I’m going to have a crack at some good ol’ fashioned Cajun gumbo. I wouldn’t consider this to be your traditional gumbo, however it definitely still packs some light heat and smoky flavor. Chumbo. That’s probably a better name for it. Chili Gumbo. Looks like chili, tastes like gumbo.
The best part about this chumbo is that you really can use any combination of meat/sausage/seafood mixture that you have handy. Everything but the kitchen sink type of dish. So I figured why not make it work for the day after Thanksgiving…. with all of that leftover turkey meat I wanted to avoid the whole “stuff every single side including dessert between two slices of bread” deal. I wanted a new flavor of excitement to add to the holidays and something new to look forward to. Traditions have to start somewhere, and there’s no better time than the present.
The dish overall is fairly easy to create however it does need your attention. The only real hands on part is making the roux (a mixture of heated fat & flour that is used for making sauces). What you don’t want to do is burn the roux or else you will have to start all over again. Just give it a little stirring swirl every minute or two while you are cleaning the kitchen sipping on a mimosa or
chugging sampling your bloody mary and you should be in the clear.
Traditional gumbo is usually served with a scoop of rice on top…. so for the rice pairing…… I favor sushi rice……….. I mean…… there really isn’t a better substitute. We all know American rice is the worst ranking and brown rice is basically dirt so I like to pretend that it is never an option. My second favorite is basamiti followed by jasmine. I GUESS you can use whatever kind you have on hand, however if someone served me a bowl of gumbo paired with either of the two crapshoots I mentioned above I more than likely would blow raspberries at them (mouth full).
I’m also a child.