Fat Tuesday was a combination of reasons why I made this dish. Ian, with the help of Tim, got me this ridiculous cookbook for Christmas, The Total Banana.
And ever since, we’ve been talking about having a banana dinner night. After thumbing through the banana book, I found “Chicken Gumbo” (with plantain balls) and Fat Tuesday was only a couple of days away. A few text messages later the banana dinner was in place! I picked chicken gumbo from the book because it seemed to be one of the easier things to make. I thought to ease myself in to the Total Banana.
The recipe called for okra and I’ve never worked with okra before. I did not prepare it the best way possible and it was a little bit slimy. Not in a gross way, but a definite acquired taste. A better way to use okra is to fry it up and add it at the end, almost like a garnish to your dish. I will definitely go that route next time I use okra.
I do not have the recipe on hand currently. Tim has The Total Banana, since we decided that we should take turns hosting the banana dinner. Tim is unfortunately next.
It was a pretty straight forward recipe with green peppers, onions, garlic, chicken stock, okra, spices, etc. I added sausage into it to give it a little more oomph. My coworker gave me some southern cookin’ staples and I added gumbo file at the end. Deeeelish! Once I get the banana book back, I will update with the recipe.