Gumbo Z’Herbes (Green Gumbo) – Rice

10 oz Fresh spinach OR

10 oz Package frozen leaf spinach

10 oz Fresh mustard greens OR

10 oz Pkg frozen mustard greens

10 oz Fresh turnip greens OR

10 oz Pkg frozen turnip greens

10 oz Fresh collard greens OR

10 oz Pkg frozen collard greens

1/2 Medium cabbage, shredded

2 Bay leaves, minced

1 t Dried leaf basil

1 t Dried leaf thyme

1 t Dried leaf oregano

1/4 t Ground allspice

1/8 t Ground cloves

1/4 t Fresh grated nutmeg

4 qt GOOD chicken stock

1 lb Lean boneless pork

1 lb Smoked ham

2/3 c Vegetable oil

2 Lg onions, chopped

4 Celery stalks, chopped

1 Lg green bell pepper, chop

4 Lg garlic cloves, chopped

2 T Sugar

Salt Fresh ground black pepper Cayenne pepper 24 Shucked oysters with liquor*

12 Green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 c Flat-leaf parsley, minced

3 1/2 T File powder (approximately)

5 c Hot cooked rice


1/2 t Fresh ground black pepper

1/2 t Cayenne pepper

1/2 t Paprika

1/2 t Onion powder

1/2 t Garlic powder

*24 oysters equals about 2 pints. Wash fresh greens; tear into small pieces. Remove large stalks and ribs. (If using frozen greens, thaw and drain before proceeding). Place cleaned or thawed greens, cabbage, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg into a large soup pot. Add stock and enough water to cover greens by 3 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover; simmer while preparing remaining ingredients. Prepare Seasoning Mix. Cut pork and ham into bite-size pieces. Add meats to Seasoning Mix. Shake to coat lightly. Set seasoned meat aside while oil heats. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is very hot, add seasoned meat; stir until brown on all sides. Remove browned meat with a slotted spoon; add to simmering greens. Reduce heat to medium; add onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic to skillet. Cook until vegetables are wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon; add to simmering greens. Stir in sugar; simmer, uncovered for one hour. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Cover; simmer 2 hours. About 10 minutes before serving, GENTLY stir in oysters with their liquor, green onions, and parsley. Cook until edges of oysters curl. Spoon about 1/2 cup rice into each soup bowl. Spoon gumbo over rice; top with a pinch

of file powder. Makes 8-10 good-sized servings. To prepare Seasoning Mix: Place all ingredients in a large plastic bag and shake to combine.






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