Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sliced Pork Tenderloin Served On A Bed Of Organic Okra Gumbo

A few weeks ago I ventured to the outskirts of town to a local organic farm and bought some lovely organic okra, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalapenos. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.... make okra gumbo. It's one of our favorite comfort foods although I only tend to make it during summer months into the fall. It's really a meal all in itself, but I loved adding the sliced pork tenderloin as a topping.

Now, I tend to make my okra gumbo quite thick but you're welcome to adjust the recipe to suit your own taste. Each to his own, right? So, here's the recipe:

Organic Okra Gumbo:


20 - 30 fresh okra (about 1 pound), sliced 1/2" thick

2 slices of jalapeno bacon, chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped (smallish)

1 red bell pepper, chopped (smallish)

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped(smallish)

4 large cloves of garlic, crushed

2-3 jalapenos, seeded & deveined, finely chopped

3 to 4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded & chopped (or 1 can of diced tomatoes)

2-1/2 to 3 cups chicken broth

3 to 5 splashes of Tabasco sauce

3 to 5 splashes of Worcesteshire sauce

1/2 cup red wine

salt and pepper, to taste

parsley, chopped, for garnish


1. Add bacon to preheated deep cast iron skillet. When bacon is about halfway cooked, add the onion, bell peppers, jalapenos, then garlic. Saute for a few minutes or until onions are just turning transparent.

2. Add the chopped okra to the pan and saute for about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, Tabasco, Worcesteshire sauce, red wine, and bring mixture to a boil. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to simmer for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Serve while steaming hot.

This was extremely tasty with the sliced pork tenderloin served on top, garnished with a little parsley. It's a new winner at our house!


lisaiscooking said...

Your gumbo looks great! Now, I wish that was what I was having for dinner tonight.

lasvegasfoodadventures said...

I bet your kitchen smelled so good while this was cooking. Looks delicious!

5 Star Foodie said...

Pork tenderloin sounds wonderful in combination with this delicious gumbo!

Mags said...

Get ready for a big cyber-smooch from my hubby. He's a gumbo fanatic but I've never really known how to make it and he's left to order it when we go out to eat (he actually ordered it at the airport in Houston yesterday!) Looks like a great recipe and I can't wait to try it!

Snooty Primadona said...

Mags: Tell hubby not to eat it out. You've got a new recipe.

Karine said...

Your dish sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

monicajane said...

sounds very yummy...I've never cooked with okra...perhaps it's time I try.

lasvegasfoodadventures said...

I adore okra and you can't gp wrong with pork tenderloin...this looks scrumptious!

Elsie said...

I love the idea of this pork tenderloin recipe! thanks! I'll try it soon!