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Gumbo or Okra Soup


  • 1 slice of bacon or fat ham
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 quarts fresh tomatoes
  • 1 quart okra
  • parsley
  • 3 quarts of hot broth of any kind
  • salt
  • pepper


Fry out the fat of a slice of bacon or fat ham, drain it off, and in it fry the slices of a large onion brown; scald, peel and cut up fresh tomatoes, when in season (use canned tomatoes otherwise), and cut thin the okra; put them, together with a little chopped parsley, in a stew-kettle with hot broth; cook slowly for three hours, season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

In chicken broth the same quantity of okra pods, used for thickening instead of tomatoes, forms a chicken gumbo soup.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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