On the way home from my Parents tonight I asked The Wife."Would you like Gumbo" Her response, " What will you be putting in it" I tried to explain all the ingredients until I said Okra. Chicken...Sausage...Rice...saute Onion...diced Tomato...Gumbo file...Black Pepper...Okr..."No okra", she blurted out. I had to ponder that for a moment and said,"When we arrive home I will decide"
Upon Arrival to our under-demolition kitchen I scavenged through the cupboard and fridge. And here is what I came up with.
One Chicken Breast thawing out in water that I diced up, Found half a stick of Polish sausage that I sliced into 1/2 moons.Boiled this in the water while I started a hot skillet on the next burner. I added coarse chopped bacon and 3 White onions that I diced large. As I was cooking the onions till they turned translucent I found 1/2 a Fresh bell pepper, diced it large. And retrieved the cooked meat from the boiling pot into the frying pan. Now I turned my attention to the boiling water.I added 1/2 cup tomato sauce and the juice from a can of c-o-r-n. The c o r n was The Wife's substitute for Okra. Also to the boiling liquid, I added Lentil and white Rice. While the rice was cooking I was stirring and turning my attention back to the frying pan. First was the addition of Gumbo file and water. While simmering I seasoned with Nacho flavored salt, market fresh Cilantro, dry roasted Red pepper seeds. Then diced in one Fresh tomato, and forced myself to add c o r n instead of Okra. When the rice and lentil absorbed 90% of the liquid I combined the two pots. One last seasoning almost forgotten, Zaxby dipping packets.
Zaxby's is a chicken restaurant in the S.Eastern U.S. that my wife and I have frequented. Usually we bought extra dipping sauce packages so we did not run out while eating our chicken fingers.
As long as I wasn't creating real Gumbo with Okra. I decided the Zaxby dipping sauces were worth experimenting with. The Wife had Cheez-its added to the bottom of her bowl and I made Parmesan cheese bread wedges made from a round loaf,for dipping.The Wife told me her meal was fabulous. I placed the 1/2 gallon of leftovers in the fridge knowing in my heart that I must pick-up Okra soon to add to my next bowl of real gumbo.