About this recipe:The perfect comfort food for those cold winter months. Streaky bacon, celery, red pepper, smoked sausage, tomatoes, okra and rice are simmered together. Serve with more rice, mashed potatoes or pasta.
450g streaky bacon
125g plain flour
125ml vegetable oil
8 sticks celery, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
30g fresh parsley, chopped
1 onion, chopped
450g smoked sausage, sliced
2 litres chicken stock
2 litres water
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes with juice
285g okra, sliced
125ml Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce or to taste
2 bay leaves
1 pinch cayenne pepper or to taste
190g uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon dark brown soft sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:5hr › Ready in:5hr25min
Place six rashers of the bacon in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Set aside the cooked bacon and reserve 125ml of fat in the frying pan. Whisk in the flour and vegetable oil until smooth. Stir in the celery, pepper, garlic, parsley and onion. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
Transfer the sauce to a large stock pot. 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 sauce 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 dark brown soft sugar and lemon juice. This tastes great served over more rice.