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Gumbo-laya (Gumbo + Jambalaya)

By Chef Maria Cummins

Course
entree
Cuisine
american
Servings
6

Equipment

  • Large skillet and burner
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 8 chicken boneless thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 3 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, finely diced
  • Β½ teaspoon Creole seasoning (No salt)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Β½ cherry tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Fragrant Garlic Rice (recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat, and add the avocado oil;
  2. Add the chicken pieces into the pot along with a sprinkle or two of salt and pepper, and allow them to brown for about 2-3 minutes; remove the chicken pieces from the pot, and set aside for a moment.
  3. Add in the diced celery, onion, and bell pepper, and caramelize it for about 2-3 minutes in the oil, the Creole seasoning, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and stir to combine.
  4. Add in the garlic and stir, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the tomatoes, and cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken, and the cooked rice; stir to combine. Add the chicken broth and allow the stew to simmer gently on low/medium-low, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Finish by stirring in the chopped parsley and cilantro.
Fragrant Garlic Rice

Serves 6

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Place a medium pot over medium-high heat, and add in the olive oil; once hot, add in the pressed garlic, and stir to combine.
  2. Once the garlic becomes fragrant, add in the rice, the salt, and the pepper and stir.
  3. Next, add in the water, stir, and simmer the rice, covered, for about 20 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Turn off the heat, and after 5 minutes, fluff with fork and serve.

Chef Maria Cummins

Born in Venezuela, Maria Cummins discovered her deep-rooted passion for food from an early age. Her culinary journey led her to Lima, Peru, where she immersed herself in the rich secrets of Peruvian gastronomy during part of her childhood. In her early twenties, she embarked on a new chapter by coming to the United States and delving into the Hospitality Industry in Boston, Massachusetts.

Maria's culinary adventure continued as she relocated to San Diego, California, where she made her mark by opening the renowned El Tucan Restaurant. Her extensive travels and diverse experiences greatly influenced her innovative culinary style, shaping the unique approach she is celebrated for today.

During her time in San Diego, Chef Maria not only honed her culinary skills but also gained a profound understanding of the importance of nutrition, particularly through the use of organic and unprocessed ingredients.

Today, Maria Cummins is the proud owner, founder, and head chef of the Real Food Academy, a culinary haven nestled in the vibrant city of Miami. Here, both kids and adults come together every week to share the joy of connecting through the power of Real Food and Real Fun!

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