Shannon here: Mary Ellis shares her recipe for Crawfish Gumbo from her romantic suspense, Midnight on the Mississippi. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Aug 7 – 10 to enter the drawing for a copy, US and Canada only. Deadline: August 15th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Mary:
Author’s note: Hunter and Nicki enjoyed eating gumbo several times in my story. My husband and I love the hearty soup as well. Here is my favorite recipe for Crawfish Gumbo. However, since crawfish tails aren’t always available in Ohio, I often must substitute cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp.
3lbs. crawfish tails or shrimp, peeled
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onion tops, chopped
1 can Rotel tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
Season to taste
1. Make a roux.
2. Place roux in a pot.
3. Add onions, celery, bell pepper, green onion tops and stir until soft
4. Add 2 quarts water, Rotel tomatoes and seasonings.
5. Simmer for 1 hour.
6. Add crawfish (or shrimp), garlic, parsley and simmer for 30 minutes.
7. Serve over rice (brown or white).
Note: The most important ingredient in Louisiana gumbo is the roux, which is equal parts flour and oil combined and stirred together over medium-high heat until the desired color is achieved. (Consistency is a thin, pudding-like paste.) The cooking process breaks down the flour, imparting a distinctive nutty taste. It will take a little practice to get the color you want, ranging from café au lait to chocolate brown. Be careful the roux doesn’t stick to bottom of pan. Stir constantly. The closer you get to dark brown, the closer you are to a burned roux. If the roux scorches you must start over. Once you reached the desired color, slowly add some hot water and stir. (Don’t use cold water or the flour and oil might separate) Then add the onions, celery, bell pepper, green onions, stirring until soft, and continue with recipe.
About Mary: Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, Midnight on the Mississippi, first of a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, is set in New Orleans. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Mary enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming, and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat. Learn more and connect: www.maryellis.net or
About the book – Midnight on the Mississippi (Secrets of the South Mysteries Book 1):
What Lies Beneath the Black Water of the Bayou?
Hunter Galen, a New Orleans securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, of embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.
Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs her the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to Hunter—the police’s only suspect—her true reason for disliking Ashley?
As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination give them hope they will live to see another day.
Question for readers: Where is your favorite spot for a family vacation?
Come back August 10th for Mary’s excerpt!