Vegetarian Gumbo

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I wanted to make a dish reminiscent of the time I lived in New Orleans. Gumbo is a traditional Louisiana dish that typically features pork, poultry and shellfish and the “holy trinity” mix of celery, onion and bell pepper.

I was inspired to make this gumbo from a recipe from Mike’s Table Of course I adapted the recipe to be vegetarian, and used sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash as I had some on hand already.

The flavors of this gumbo are incredible. You’ll lick your bowl clean good. You can serve the gumbo on top of a bed of rice (basmati works well, or you can use any rice you prefer) or serve it along with your favorite bread for sopping up all of the liquid.


2 1/2 cups sweet potato, peeled and chopped into cubes
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 leeks, white parts only, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 red chili pepper, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
8 cups vegetable stock, preferable homemade
1/2 cup canola oil, plus extra to saute the vegetables
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp ground allspice
cayenne pepper, I used 1/2 tsp but use more or less depending on your spice preference
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried thyme
3 bay leaves
kosher salt, I used 2 tsp
fresh cracked black pepper


In a large pan prepare the roux by heating 1/2 cup of canola oil over medium heat. Whisk in 1/2 cup of flour and cook about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Coat a seperate skillet with 1-2 tbsp of oil and sautee the leeks, peppers, and celery until they’re softened, 8-10 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Whisk the vegetable stock into the roux until well combined and there are no lumps. Stir in the sauteed vegetables, sweet potatoes, carrots and spices.

Warm the mixture to a boil and then bring the heat down to medium-low and allow to simmer about 2 hours.


February 16, 2009. Beans, Vegetarian.

One Comment

  1. Mike of Mike's Table replied:

    That looks beautiful and now you’ve got me thinking (and craving) gumbo again, lol. Its a vicious circle.

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