OK, so WHY would I call an otherwise typical Goulash dish “GUMBO GOULASH”?
Well…maybe because if I told you there was OKRA in it, and you HATED okra (although I can’t believe that could possibly be true), then you might not try it.
But you SHOULD try it!
Did you know okra is also known as “gumbo”? It adds a really interesting texture and flavor to this dish, and I can’t make Goulash without it. The recipe calls for “frozen” okra, but if you have access to fresh – by all means use it! My dad is a wonderful gardener, and he would tell you to pick them before they get too big. Okra has also been called “Lady Fingers”. This seems appropriate (not only because of it’s shape), but because the ideal length for harvesting okra is when it’s about the size of a grown woman’s finger (approx. 3 inches).
Okra has a myriad of nutritional and health benefits. Among the vitamins are: Vitamin A, B6, and C. In addition, the minerals found in the plant include: folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. The plant does have a slightly higher content of sodium, but it is lower in calories.
TASTE OF HOME
My mom created this, and it’s one of my all-time favorite “Tastes of Comfort”. If there was a pan of this on the stove, an episode of “Happy Days” or “Mary Tyler-Moore” on our console television, and a brand new Sears Christmas Catalog waiting to be pored over, all was right with the world.
Now I make it for my kids, and they love it. Plus, it’s super easy to make! And, it’s not fussy! So, if you want to grab a bowl, and head to the deck to enjoy the evening – or to the family room to catch up on your favorite “guilty pleasure” TV show (ours is “Dance Moms”) – it’s perfect!
Also, I would highly recommend this as a great dish to share when you are preparing “Tastes of Comfort” for someone in need of a home-cooked scoop of “love”.