You are here: Home » Recipes » Creole Vegetable Gumbo Ya Ya Creole Vegetable Gumbo Ya Ya Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 8 servings This vegetarian gumbo includes all the traditional seasonings, but none of the fish. PrintEmail Ingredients 4 tablespoons canola oil or butter3 tablespoons flour1 large onion, chopped3 ribs celery, chopped6 garlic cloves, minced1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes in puree1 quart water or vegetable broth1 pound fresh okra, sliced, or 1 pound frozen sliced okra3 bay leaves2 teaspoons dried thyme1 teaspoon gumbo file powder, optional1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper16 scallions, minced Salt, to taste Juice of 1 lemon Instructions Heat oil or butter in a nonreactive large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Add flour and stir frequently over medium heat until flour is browned. Add onions, celery, garlic, peppers and jalapenos; continue to stir a few minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Add tomatoes and mix well. Gradually add water or broth and combine well. Bring to a boil. In another pan lightly sprayed with no-stick cooking spray, saute okra over high heat until brown. This prevents okra from getting sticky or slimy when added to gumbo. Add okra to gumbo. Add bay leaves, thyme, file powder and cayenne pepper to the pot. Reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 hours, uncovered. Add scallions; season with salt and lemon. Makes 3 quarts.