Gumbo Z'herbes
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Be sure to source fresh (not frozen) vegetables for this recipe. You can serve this as a soup or as a more traditional (and hearty) gumbo with the addition of cooked rice. Many folks in Louisiana pronounce this delicious dish "gumbo zab" which rhymes with "lab." But whatever you call it, just don't call me late to the dinner table.
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Serves: 4 to 6
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh kale
  • 1 bunch fresh Swiss chard
  • 1 bunch fresh collard greens
  • 1 bunch fresh mustard greens
  • 2 cups fresh green leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 tablespoons dark roux, such as Rox's Roux
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Acadiana Table Cajun Seasoning Blend, see recipe here
  • 6 cups cooked Louisiana long-grain white rice, such as Supreme
  • 1 cup diced green onion tops
  • Filé powder
  1. Wash dirt from the greens and trim the leafy greens from any hard stems. Chop greens into large pieces and place in a large, cast-iron pot with a heavy lid. Add all the other vegetables and herbs and cover with vegetable stock. When the pot begins to boil, add the roux, lower the heat to simmer and cover. Stir occasionally and cook for about 1 hour until the greens wilt and the flavors meld together.
  2. Add salt, black pepper and Cajun seasoning to taste and serve over cooked white rice with a sprinkling of diced green onions and a light dusting of filé powder.
The brilliance of this dish is that you can add most any green leafy vegetables and in varying quantities since they all cook down. A good vegetable stock and dark roux are keys. You can use jarred roux by ordering my wife Rox's Roux or make your own with these directions for Rox's Roux. Feel free to add andouille or any good smoked pork sausage if meat is on your diet.
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