Recipe by JessMacintyre
"The smokiness from the paprika, roasted peppers, and tomatoes takes the place of andouille sausage in this vegetarian gumbo. With a lot of spice and flavor, this gumbo is a great way to warm up on a cold winter’s night."
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jalapeno chile pepper
celery ribs, chopped
green bell peppers, chopped
sweet potato, peeled and cubed
parsnip, peeled and cubed
canned red beans, rinsed and drained
canned black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
frozen cut okra, thawed
File powder (pronounced "fee-lay") is powdered dried sassafras leaves, and is used as a thickening agent as well as a flavoring. Should be available from various spice purveyors.
This recipe has some serious flaws, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else in its current form. First of all, if you add the sweet potatoes and parsnips so late in the process, not all of them will cook all the way through. When I made it, many of the chunks were still crunchy. Second, file powder is an end spice - you should not add it and then simmer for 30 minutes. The result will be slimy and unappetizing, as I found out when I made it. I like the ideas of the roasted peppers and the various spices, but not enough to salvage it overall. Thumbs down.
This was a great way to use tons of veggies from the summer garden! It was my first time making gumbo but my husband and I bothe enjoyed it. We followed the recipe except instead of using a can of fire roasted tomatoes I used 4-5 fresh tomatoes from the garden and roasted them in the oven at the same time as the peppers. Just a word to the wise - gumbo seasoning can be very spicey so if you do not like spicey food be careful and do not add 2 whole TBSP! We served over rice.
This recipe features a bit of unnecessary juggling IF you have a sufficiently thick-bottomed pot (I use an ex-pressure-cooker). Cook the roux right in the pot, and the veg will saute nicely in the roux.
I loved this gumbo, even though I did make a few changes. My grocer was out of serrano peppers so I used a mirasol pepper instead. I also used only two green peppers, and added two red bell peppers. I didn't have smoked paprika so I used regular old paprika. I left out the parsnip, the celery, and the black-eye peas because I don't like those. Next time, I think I'll halve the kidney beans and the okra and double the green and red peppers. Truly a delicious and adaptable recipe. One of the best Gumbos I've ever had!
This is a very good recipe, although it is seriously high maintenance. I followed the directions very closely (although I never figured out what 'file powder' was/is) and it still had a nice kick to it. I ate this with whole wheat bread and my husband ate it with crackers--both were excellent.
This was so flavorful, had a good amount of spice, and a great texture. I didn't have file powder or use parsnips. I roasted corn along with the peppers and added it to a cornbread mix for a side. I will make this gumbo again for sure!
this recipe needs serious work to be anything edible. The vegetables and spices compete with each other too much to make a complimentary dish. back to the drawing board.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Fire Roasted Vegetarian Gumbo
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 106
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