We have turned this authentic stew into a rice bowl! The stew is slightly thickened and more rice is added for a hearty one bowl meal.
Ingredients (serves 4):
Sauté Andouille sausage in a pan for approximately 3 minutes, or until surface is brown, drain fat and set aside.
Heat oil in a large sauce pan over low heat. Mix in the flour while stirring constantly, and cook until it turns dark golden brown - about 5 minutes.
Add onion, celery and green pepper, and cook until tender - about 6 minutes.
Add the garlic and okra, and cook for another 6 minutes.
Add Creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, shrimp or chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Add cooked sausage from step 1, cover with lid and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Check the taste and consistency, adjust with water, salt and pepper if necessary.
Add shrimp and cook until just done - about 4 minutes.
Fill each serving bowl with 1 cup of cooked rice, ladle gumbo over rice and garnish with green onion. Serve with optional hot sauce.