GUMBO BRICKS were created not just for folks who want to make gumbo in a fraction of the time it takes to make gumbo from scratch… they are a cooking staple that can be used to season and create any number of dishes! Here are some of my favorites:
Gumbo Turkey Wings
Use approximately 6 to 8 medium turkey wings, and place them into an appropriately-sized baking dish. Chop 1 Gumbo Brick (either Chicken or Seafood) into about 8 chunks. Distribute the chunks over the turkey wings. Pour 3 cups of water over the turkey wings. Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake at 350° for 1.5 hours. Uncover; turn the turkey wings over; and bake for an additional hour uncovered or until golden brown and yummy! Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or even buttered noodles. You can also substitute any long-cooking meat like short ribs or oxtails. For shorter cooking meats like pork chops or a butterflied whole chicken, adjust your cooking times.
Shrimp & Grits
Coat your shrimp with cornstarch, a little garlic powder, and paprika. Brown the shrimp in olive oil for 3 minutes each side; set aside. Cut some bacon into small pieces and fry the pieces until crisp; set aside. Chop a couple of green onions (scallions) for garnish; set aside. Dilute one-half of a Gumbo Brick (either Chicken or Seafood) in 1 cup of water; bring to a simmer; keep this gravy warm! Follow the cooking instructions on your favorite brand of polenta corn grits. Add as much cheese as you like to your grits to make them creamy. Now assemble your dish… Gumbo Brick gravy in the bowl followed by a generous portion of cheesy grits… Arrange your shrimp on top… Garnish with bacon and scallions. And if you’re fancy, sprinkle some paprika on the bowl!
Crockpot Hoppin’ John
This Southern favorite couldn’t be easier! Wash your black eyed peas and put them in a slow cooker along with 1 Chicken Gumbo Brick, 3 chicken thighs or some diced ham, and 3 cups of water. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Check your cooker from time to time and add more water if needed. Make some rice and enjoy! Easy PEASy! This recipe option works for beans as well, but will require 6 to 8 hours cooking time depending on the bean you use.
Gumbo Stuffed Baked Potatoes
A great way to use leftover gumbo is to serve it over a baked potato. Alongside a vegetable side dish, you’ve got a great meal!