Gumbo Zherbes (Green Gumbo)

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10 oz Fresh mustard greens OR
4 Celery stalks, chopped
1/2 ts Garlic powder
1/2 ts Paprika
1/4 ts Ground allspice
1/2 c Flat-leaf parsley, minced
10 oz Package frozen leaf spinach
24 Shucked oysters with liquor*
1 ts Dried leaf thyme
4 qt GOOD chicken stock
1 ts Dried leaf basil
Fresh ground black pepper
10 oz Fresh collard greens OR
10 oz Pkg frozen turnip greens
1 ts Dried leaf oregano
1 lb Smoked ham
1/8 ts Ground cloves
2 Lg onions, chopped
2 tb Sugar
Cayenne pepper
1/2 ts Onion powder
1/4 ts Fresh grated nutmeg
1 lb Lean boneless pork
2/3 c Vegetable oil
12 Green onions, thinly sliced
2 Bay leaves, minced
10 oz Fresh spinach OR
1/2 ts Salt
3 1/2 tb File powder (approximately)
1 Lg green bell pepper, chop
4 Lg garlic cloves, chopped
5 c Hot cooked rice
1/2 ts Cayenne pepper
10 oz Pkg frozen mustard greens
10 oz Fresh turnip greens OR
10 oz Pkg frozen collard greens
1/2 ts Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 Medium cabbage, shredded

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



*24 oysters equals about 2 pints. Wash fresh greens; tear into small pieces. Remove large stalks and ribs. (If using frozen greens, thaw and drain before proceeding). Place cleaned or thawed greens, cabbage, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg into a large soup pot. Add stock and enough water to cover greens by 3 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover; simmer while preparing remaining ingredients. Prepare Seasoning Mix. Cut pork and ham into bite-size pieces. Add meats to Seasoning Mix. Shake to coat lightly. Set seasoned meat aside while oil heats. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is very hot, add seasoned meat; stir until brown on all sides. Remove browned meat with a slotted spoon; add to simmering greens. Reduce heat to medium; add onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic to skillet. Cook until vegetables are wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon; add to simmering greens. Stir in sugar; simmer, uncovered for one hour. Season to taste with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Cover; simmer 2 hours. About 10 minutes before serving, GENTLY stir in oysters with their liquor, green onions, and parsley. Cook until edges of oysters curl. Spoon about 1/2 cup rice into each soup bowl. Spoon gumbo over rice; top with a pinch of file powder. Makes 8-10 good-sized servings. To prepare Seasoning Mix: Place all ingredients in a large plastic bag and shake to combine.

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