Ham Gumbo

Gumbo is one of my absolute favorite kind of soups. It can be made with chicken, seafood, sausage, whatever you like! I never make mine without gumbo file powder, however. This powder thickened my soup without the need for adding flour.

oil
1 thick slice smoked ham (about 2 cups), diced
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
Creole or Cajun seasoning to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1/2 t gumbo file powder (sassafras)
hot sauce

Heat a little oil in a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add ham and veggies and cook til veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients except rice; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in rice and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, or til rice is tender.

I served the gumbo with hot sauce.http://media-files.gather.com/images/d473/d17/d746/d224/d96/f3/full.jpg

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