A Twist to the Dirty South

21 Feb

Let me just start off by saying that we are SO JEALOUS of everyone who is in New Orleans today for Mardi Gras! We were thinking about making the pilgrimage down to the dirty south for some good ole’ fashion fun this week. Unfortunately, we realized that some of our friends have finals (for 8 week classes) and midterms coming up and driving 16 hours did not look like an option upon returning, especially being hung over. So in honor of Mardi Gras and one of the most popular recipes in the state of Louisiana, we prepared a special gumbo recipe suggested by my mom!

 The Dirty South Gumbo

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Serving size: 2


½ green bell pepper

2 stalks of green onion

2 cups of chicken broth

2 cups of kale (about 4 long leaves)

1 cup of water

½ can of stewed tomatoes

½ can of red beans

A sprinkle of oregano

3 pinches of parsley

¼ cup of long grain rice

1 sausage

Okay so this list looks a little daunting but let me tell you, I spent $12 at the grocery store getting these things & I’ll have leftovers for awhile. A tip for copious amounts of leftovers is to freeze them! Then when you’re in the mood for a warm bowl of gumbo just pop that Tupperware in the microwave & you’ve got it!


1. Start with the broth, put the stove on medium-high, empty 2 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup of water into a large pan. Use the lid to drain the tomato juice/stew into the pan. Shake some oregano into the pan, as well as 3 pinches of parsley.

2. Once you’ve got a good base the rest is easy money. Chop up the green onions into small circular pieces, then pit the green bell pepper and chop it up as well. Rinse the kale and slice it into bite sized pieces, kind of like cutting up lettuce. Lastly, mash up the stewed tomatoes by cutting them into smaller pieces. Move all of the veggies into the stew.

3. Remove the casing on the sausage and cut into small, circular pieces. Throw these into the stew.

4. Drain the red beans in a strainer and then put the beans under the sink faucet and run the water. This will rinse the beans of extra, unwanted sodium.

5. Lastly mix the long grain rice into the gumbo. For best results, put a lid on top of the pan and let it sit for about 15 minutes on medium heat.

6. Everything should be fully cooked by the time you come back to the pan and you can serve it up for a special Mardi Gras meal!

After, this meal you will have enough energy to stay out all night & rage your pants off! Actually, you probably shouldn’t lose your pants because you might need them for class tomorrow. Did anyone notice that kale, one of our featured super foods, is in this recipe?! Keep raging & grubbin’!


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