Recently, my wife picked up a box of Tony Chachere’s “Famous Creole Cuisine”. It was his Gumbo Dinner Mix. This article is a product review for that dinner mix.
The Gumbo Dinner Mix is prepared in two possible ways. One is by stove top and the other is by microwave oven. This review looks at both methods.
Stove Top; In a stock pot combine six cups of cool water, contents in the box, precooked sausage, chicken or shrimp. Bring it to a boil. Then reduce heat and let it simmer for the next twenty five minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally.
Microwave Oven; Use a deep microwaveable pot. Combine six cups of cool water, the box contents and cooked meat. Chicken, sausage or shrimp. You need at least one pound of meat. Cook on high for fifteen minutes. Then cook at 50 percent power for the next fifteen minutes. Let it stand for five minutes. Stir before serving.
You can use the Gumbo Dinner Mix as a meal itself or as a part of the meal.
Total calories 70, calories from fat 0. Total fat 0g’s, Saturated fat 0g’s, Trans fat 0g’s, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 380mg – 16% daily value, Total Carbohydrates 15g – 5% daily value, Dietary fiber 0g – 0% daily value, Sugars 1g, Protein 2g. Vitamin A 2 percent, Vitamin C 2 percent, Iron 4 percent, Calcium 2 percent.
The daily value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. This diet can differ for each individuals needs.
Tony Chachere’s Gumbo Dinner Mix comes in a small green box. The net weight is 8 ounces 227g. One side of the box has a recipe for a thirty minute chicken stew.
We bought the box at Aldi’s grocery store for $2.37. The box says it will serve 11. I found it to be closer to 8.
My wife prepared it with smoked sausage. She first cooked the sausage in olive oil until it browned. Then she cut it up into smaller chunks. She added it to a large pot and put in both the Gumbo Dinner Mix and the five cups of water. She brought it to a boil and then reduced the heat. She cooked it for about a total of 30 minutes. The ingredients tended to thicken as it cooled. We used it as a meal in itself. The taste was very good. The rice appeared to be brown rice, stead of the regular white. It was not a very “hot” seasoning taste. It was rather mild.
You can find other products at Tony’s web site www.tonychachere.com .
So if you want to try some Cajun style food and not spend a lot of time working on it, try Tony Chachere’s Gumbo Dinner Mix.