Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mardi Gras!

Need a great recipe for this year's Mardi Gras party? Here's a Vegan Gumbo that will spice up your night.

Mardi Gras Gumbo

4 tbsp Earth Balance
6 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
2 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
1 tsp Gumbo File Powder
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp Cumin
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1 28 oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 large White Onion, diced
1 large Sweet Green Pepper, diced
1/2 cup Carrot, diced
1/2 cup Celery, diced
2 cups Frozen Green Beans
2 cups Frozen Okra
1 bunch Collard Greens, chopped 

In a large stockpot, melt Earth Balance on medium heat. Once melted whisk in the flour. Whisk constantly until the roux turns a caramel brown, this can take up to 10 minutes or so. Whisk in the vegetable broth being sure the get any lumps out. Add the gumbo file, bay leaves, cumin, and chili powder and let simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and allow to simmer for 1 to 2 hours. Though you do want the gumbo to be more stew like than soup like, be sure to add a bit of broth if it becomes too thick. 


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