CACTUS GUMBO for DINNER.
Recipe from THE ARTFUL VEGAN by Eric Tucker and Bruce Enloe.
Roasted cactus, carrots, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, and fresh corn in a mildly spicy broth and topped with thin crispy tortilla strips, avocado and cilantro.
This gumbo tastes more like a tortilla soup.
I LOVE IT!!!
The main ingredient in this gumbo is CACTUS, which is not found in many recipes, but works really well in this one.
When you cut into the cactus, a slimy discharge is released, which in turn helps to thicken the gumbo.
So in this recipe, the cactus replaces okra, the traditional thickening ingredient in gumbo.