Sterling Gumbo Spoons

January 21, 2014


I found these sterling silver gumbo spoons at one of my favorite shopping spots, The Fairhope Antiquery. They are made by Gorham in the “Plymouth” pattern.
The monogram is a “C,”or could it be a “G” for “gumbo?”
Gumbo spoons are also called “Cream Soup” spoons, but the way we love our gumbo
around here, we always refer to them as gumbo spoons!
The handles are slightly shorter than a regular soup spoon and the bowl of the spoon has a round shape – just right to hold a hot little shrimp!
The eight sterling spoons at Fairhope Antiquery are listed for over $500.00.
And here are my silver plate spoons, which also have a “C” for my husband’s Grandmother’s Irish family. (Follow that?)
Not willing to “fork” over (!) a cool $500 right now, and not willing to haul myself out to the backyard and dig up my sterling silver, where I hide it from the Yankees, I think my silver plate set will do the job just fine for now.
They could use a little polish, so I’ll jump on that project right away. Both my husband’s Grandmother and my Grandmother had this popular pattern, “Remembrance,” so now we have plenty of spoons for a Mardi Gras, gumbo – eating crowd.
Then again, those little oysters may taste a whole lot better on sterling . . .
Here’s an award winning recipe from Sandy Herman of Prattville, Alabama. It’s from an old family cookbook, and she used it to win the 2011 LSU vs. U. of AL Gumbo Bowl Cook-Off.
I can’t wait to give Sandy’s recipe a try!


Sandy Herman, Prattville, Alabama
LouisiBama Gumbo Bowl Tailgate Cook-off Grand Champion

1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, with heads and tails
1 onion, halved
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp thyme
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
2 lemons halved and squeezed
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of flour
2 yellow onions, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic gloves, finely chopped
1 bag of frozen okra
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp of thyme
1 tbsp of gumbo file
2 quarts of shrimp stock
1 1/2 pounds of peeled shrimp
1 pint of raw oysters
2 packages (16 ounces each) of frozen crawfish tails
1 pint of crab meat
3 cups of cooked long grain white rice
Chopped green onions and flat leaf parsley for garnish
Crusty French bread
To make shrimp stock:
Peel the shrimp and toss the heads and tails into a large stock pot. Refrigerate the peeled shrimp until ready to put in the gumbo. Add the onion, bay leaves, thyme, cayenne pepper, Old Bay and lemons to the pot. Cover with 2 1/2 quarts of cold water, allow the liquid to slowly come to a
boil then lower the heat. Gentle simmer for 45 minutes uncovered, skimming any foam off that rises to the top. Strain the stock into another pot to remove the chunky solids. At this point you should have about 2 quarts of broth to use in the gumbo. Cool until needed.
To make the gumbo:
You must start with a roux base, so melt the butter over medium low heat in a Dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot, and just as the foam subsides, add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or whisk, to prevent lumps. Cook the roux until it is the color of walnuts, and smells equally nutty. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic and okra, and season with salt, cayenne and Old Bay. Mix in the tomatoes, bay leaves, and thyme, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring until the vegetables are soft. Pour in the cooled shrimp stock and stir until combined. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the gumbo is dark and thick. Toss in the shrimp, oysters, crab meat and crawfish tail meat. Cook another 15 minutes and taste. If seasoning needs to be adjusted, do so now.
To serve:
Ladle the gumbo into a shallow bowl and pile rice in the center. Sprinkle with gumbo file, green onions and parsley. Enjoy with the French bread and hot sauce at table.
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