Today Pops and I spent the day in Anniston, AL. The weather is absolutely gorgeous. Right now I am watching some young army children practicing baseball here on the base.
Anniston Army Depot is located on 25 acres and employs 5000 people.
The town of Anniston is home to the world's largest chair.
Gumbo is a down south favorite and I got this recipe from an army wife here in Anniston. Give it a try.
We will be going back to North Carolina when we leave here.
Chicken Stock Gumbo
1 pound bacon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 stalks celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 onion, chopped
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
2 quarts chicken stock
2 quarts water
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra, thawed and sliced
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
2 bay leaves
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Place six slices of the bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Set aside the cooked bacon and reserve 1/2 cup of the grease in the skillet. Whisk in the flour and vegetable oil until smooth. Stir in the celery, bell pepper, garlic, parsley and onion. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
Transfer the sauce to a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Add the sliced sausage and cook for 8 more minutes. Slice remaining raw bacon and crumble the cooked bacon; add to the pot. Stir in the chicken stock and water until well blended with the gravy mixture. Add the tomatoes and okra. Season with Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper. Simmer uncovered for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Add the rice and cook for an additional 30 minutes, until thick. Stir in the brown sugar and lemon juice. This tastes great served over more rice.