Fresh cut Okra is always good to have and today we learn how to make a stew with it!!!!

Ingredients:

* 3 lbs. chopped okra

* 1 lb. shrimp (de-veined & shelled)

* 1 lb. ham

* 1 lb. smoked sausage

* 2 14.5 ounce cans of chopped tomatoes

* 1 6oz. can tomato paste

* 2 cups chopped yellow onions

* 6 cloves garlic

* 1 6oz. can tomato paste

* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 2 bay leaves

* ½ tsp. dried oregano

* ½ tsp. dried thyme

* ½ tsp. dried basil

* ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

* 1 tablespoon sugar

* 2 cups chicken stock or water

Cooking Instructions

You must sweat the okra using the following process:

* In a large sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat.

* Add okra, onion and garlic. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

* Uncover and stir. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.

* Uncover and stir. Cover and simmer 3 minutes.

* Uncover bring fire to medium high heat and continue to turn okra with a spatula until all slime is burned off. i.e., when you turn with spatula and you see no slime strains. (This process may take 10 or 15 minutes)

* Add ham, smoked sausage, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, bay leaves, dried oregano, thyme, basil, pepper flakes and 2 cups chicken stock (or water). Simmer for 20 minutes in uncovered pan.

* Add shrimp and cook for 10 minutes until shrimp turn pink.

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