Eat Your Way Around the Gumbo Trail
A Part Of The Beach Bites Series
The beaches of Alabama offer some of the best seafood recipes around. Whether you like your roux dark or light, gumbo is a must-have meal during a Gulf Shores & Orange Beach vacation.
Start day one of your gumbo trail at Mikee's Seafood Restaurant in Gulf Shores. Family owned and operated since 1987, they serve a mean bowl of seafood gumbo.
Located near Gulf Shores public beach, DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen is the perfect spot for dinner on day one of your gumbo trail. They serve a traditional seafood bowl of gumbo, and it has garnered numerous awards.
Known for country cooking, Kitty's Kafe at Pelican Place in Gulf Shores serves up a mean bowl of gumbo. It is traditional seafood and sausage gumbo with Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, okra, tomato, celery, onion and spices.
Made from scratch daily, Wolf Bay Lodge Orange Beach serves one of the more famous gumbos on the Alabama Gulf Coast. It starts with a dark, rich roux base and a pleasing combination of fish, crabmeat, shrimp, green peppers, celery and onion.
- 2 (10 oz. pkg.) fresh, chopped turnip greens, or: one 27 oz. can "Margaret Holmes" turnip greens
- 1 small onion, chopped very fine
- 1 pkg. DRY Knorr Vegetable Soup mix
- 1 15 oz. can northern beans
- 1 15 oz. can navy beans
- 5 cups low sodium chicken broth (the boxed kind)
- 1 lb. pkg. smoked sausage, sliced thin and cut into quarters (I use polish kielbasa) it tasted better if you brown in a skillet - but you don't have to.
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- pepper to taste
- (Do NOT add salt)
Cook onions in a non-stick 5 pt. pot until transparent and tender. Add the quartered polish sausage to the pan and cook just a little bit, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and bring to a boil-reduce heat & simmer until heated through and through and the green peas in the dry Knorr you added are done. Substituting turkey or chicken sausage works fine. With the low sodium ckn. broth and turkey or ckn. sausage - it's healthy and good!