I used Italian HOT Sausage and omitted the cayenne. It would have been fine for me, but not with kids. I cut the sausage before I browned it and it didn't fall apart and presentation didn't look that bad. At first it looked like a minestrone soup, but I let it cook on the stove for a while. What happened was the Okra actually fell apart and thickened the gumbo. Which is good, because when I first added the Okra and tasted it a few minutes later, it still had a nice crunch to it. Then after a little more time went by it started tasting slimy. I'm glad that it did what it did, because like I said, it made the gumbo thick and YUMMY. I read some gumbo basics and it said that a roux or okra was necessary for gumbo. I am assuming for the thickening effect. If I were making this for my kids I wouldn't use the hot sausage. Great recipe though. I will make it for adults next time and add some more heat with the cayenne.
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I used Italian HOT Sausage and omitted the cayenne. It would have been fine for me, but not...