Ingredient: White Pepper

Light Seafood Gumbo

About Gumbo

Of all the dishes in the realm of Louisiana style cuisine, “gumbo” has remained the most well known and well loved. Gumbo crosses all class barriers, appearing on the tables of the poor as well as the wealthy. Although ingredients might vary greatly from one cook to the next, and from one part of the state to another, a steaming bowl of fragrant gumbo is one of life’s cherished pleasures.

According to the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gumbo is often cited as an example of the melting-pot nature of Louisiana cooking, but trying to sort out the origins and evolution of the dish is highly speculative. The name derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine, although the roux used in gumbos is much darker than its Gallic cousins.

Since Mardi Gras takes place in the same month as Heart Health month, we wanted to share a recipe that keeps the flavor but cuts out the salt and excess calories.
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Light Seafood Gumbo
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Instructions
  1. Spray a large, non-stick skillet with non-fat cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add in garlic okra, bell pepper, onions, and celery. Cook until veggies are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Make the roux by adding the butter to the skillet, and then add in the flour; stir until blended. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until the flour is well browned, but not burned, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the broth into the skillet, continuously stirring to remove lumps, and bring to a slow simmer. Add in the thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and tomatoes.
  4. Add the cooked vegetables back into the skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and crabmeat and simmer until shrimp are cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
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Charbroiled

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

The world celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday and with the Winter oyster season nearing its end we thought we’d share a New Orleans inspired recipe we think you’ll love that involves charbroiled oysters…yum!

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant officially opened in February 1969 in Metairie, Louisiana. Owners Drago and Klara Cvitanovich are part of a close-knit Croatian community that has thrived in New Orleans since the 1800s.

Drago Cvitanovich has been the oyster king of New Orleans for four decades. Like most other people in the oyster business, he was a Croatian immigrant. When he opened his restaurant in the 1970s, he kept his ties with his countrymen down the river, and as a result always had the best oysters available.

Drago’s son Tommy, who now runs the restaurant, created this dish in the early 1990s. It became wildly popular, and restaurants all over town now copy the dish. It’s simple enough.  Don’t attempt this without freshly-shucked oysters and an outdoor grill.

Yields 6 oysters (consider doubling or tripling as needed).

Posted February 27 2017

Recipe published online at www.nolacuisine.com. For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.

Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
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Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
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Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Ingredients
The Sauce
The Oysters
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. For the sauce: Mix together all of the ingredients. For the oysters: Mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very, very hot. Place the oysters on the hottest spot on the grill and let them cook in their own juices for a few minutes, just until they start to bubble and the edges curl.
  3. Top each with a generous portion of the sauce, enough to fill up the shell. When the sauce starts to bubble and sizzle sprinkle each oyster with about a Tbsp of Pecorino Romano. Let the Oysters go until the sauce on the edges of the shells gets nice and brown.
  4. Garnish with minced Parsley.
  5. Serve while still sizzling with Lemon wedges and fresh bread.
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