I had to hijack this here blog when I found out that Lynne @ Happier Than A Pig In Mud was honoring me with a Paula Deen cookoff on May 15th! Well you can bet my sweet buttered buttocks I wouldn't miss it for the world!
Hmmmm.... now what to make?? Oh, I know! How about Bubba's Shrimp Gumbo! Straight from Uncle Bubba! You know you are from the south when atleast one of your kin is named Bubba or Junior.
Onto the recipe! You can view the whole recipe here. First we need to make a roux. What better way to make a roux than with butter!
Lots of butter! I cup butter! Mmmm mmmm mmmm!
Melt it over a low heat though. Pretend like you are limboing and go as low as you can go! Now stir in your flour and keep on stirring. Until your arm falls off. You want the roux to be a dark brown, but not burned. If you burn the roux, start all over.
Now, add in your chopped onion, green pepper and minced garlic. If you are following the recipe you will also add celery. If you were at the store with a very crabby 4 year old in dire need of a nap and forgot the celery, substitute celery seed. Let everyone get all friendly in there and translucently like.
Oh my! I am smacking my lips over here in anticipation! Now add your okra and remaining ingredients.
Raise your heat up to medium low and simmer for about an hour. Resist all temptation to stuff your face into the pot! It'll be done soon!
Now, doesn't that look scrumptious?! I served it over rice since Maggie's tribe loves rice! I hope y'all will try my Bubba's Shrimp Gumbo! Until then,
Love and Best Dishes!
P.S. Paula wasn't really at my house. I was just being weird today....
P.S.S. Now if ya'll want proof that my humor is in my DNA and just cannot be helped, head on over to my sister's blog, The Purple Rose! She was making this secret Paula recipe and teasing me about it. So I told her I was making one too. Imagine that! We both ended up making the same freaking thing! Our posts are almost the same too, except she is a much better cook! If you go give her some bloggy love, tell her I sent ya!