Could it be that gumbo is the most beloved Cajun dish? I have seen gumbo offered in a variety of ways throughout my travels. That being said, let’s just cut to the chase, South Louisiana traditional gumbo does not include tomatoes. When I see “Cajun” listed on restaurant menus I cannot help but giggle. I wonder, is it real Cajun cuisine like made by a descendent of South Louisiana or something else. Either way it is pretty exciting to be from an area where we are known for our food and that the desire to replicate our food exists on menus around the county maybe even around the world.
Imagine being born and raised in a place surrounded by food that seeks to define a region and its people all to find out that you can’t eat it anymore. This was my predicament. I discovered my gluten intolerance in 2001. I was gluten free before gluten free was cool. There were very limited gluten free products on the shelf and sadly they tasted horrible to today’s gluten free products standard. For years, I was on the meat, vegetable, fruit and limited grains diet. After moaning and groaning; however, being very thin, I started working in my kitchen to recreate my favorite dishes. Please know that my household was very skeptical and at the same time, cooking for themselves was out of the question. I think they thought they were going to starve.
While no-one starved and nothing was disgusting, thank God, and that was probably due to the fact that I started cooking at 8. My cooking certainly wasn't what it is today.
Today, I went for something new and different in the gumbo world. I made it in my instant pot. I consistently hear that moms do not have time. I was curious to see if gumbo could be made fast and it can! I will say that there is nothing like cooking gumbo all day and the little extra something that comes with slow cooking. So keep this as an option if you need gumbo fast. However, if you have the time, make it on the stove.
Are you short on time and want a gumbo? How does less than 1-hour sound? The chicken will shred and the sausage is soft.
Here is what you need for Instant Pot Gluten Free Gumbo:
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped green bell pepper
3 finely chopped celery
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
3 cups of veggie or chicken broth
4 cups of water
1 cup of gluten free roux
1 ½ tsp of salt or to taste
¼ tsp of white pepper
½ tsp of salt free Cajun Seasoning
3 chicken breasts cubed
3 links of smoked sausage cut in bite size pieces
Finely chopped green onions
Prepared steamed rice
In an instant pot on the sauté function, add roux, onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic.
Sauté for a few minutes and add salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning.
Stir then add 1 cup of broth.
Add chicken and sausage and sauté for a few minutes.
Add the remaining 2 cups of broth and 4 cups of water.
Install the Instant Pot lid and set to manual high for 25 minutes.
When the timer is finished, let the steam release naturally. This takes about 20 minutes.
When it is safe, remove the lid and stir.
Serve over prepared steamed rice or potato salad and top with chopped green onions.