Green bell pepper
Roasted red pepper
2 quarts fresh okra, sliced (PicSweet Frozen will work if fresh Is not available, just not as good as fresh)
1 pound small to medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups diced tomatoes
¼ cup vegetable oil
3 to 4 cloves chopped garlic
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced celery
½ cup diced yellow bell peppers
½ cup chicken stock or shrimp stock if available
Slap Ya Mama to taste or salt and cracked black pepper to taste
In a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Sauté okra, onions, celery, bell peppers, and chopped garlic approximately 30 minutes.
Stir constantly until okra stops “stringing.”
Stir in tomatoes and chicken stock, bring to a low boil and cook approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add shrimp and continue to cook additional 15–20 minutes.
Season to taste.
Cajun Trinity: You may have come across recipes calling for this, and wonder what it is. It’s simply three ingredients used to start many Cajun dishes; bell pepper, onions, and celery. These give dishes a wonderful flavor and aroma.
Making a roux: Making a roux is time-consuming and needs to be watched carefully! It can burn easily, so stir often. If it burns, you have to throw it out and start all over again.