Spinach and Green Bean Gumbo
1 tablespoon lard, butter or Wesson oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 quarts stock or water
2 bay leaves
Cajun seasoning to taste (start with a tablespoon)
hot sauce to taste (start with 1 teaspoon)
salt and pepper to taste
2 bags (or bunches) spinach
2 cans green beans, drained (or frozen or fresh)
1 15 ounce can whole tomatoes with their juice
cooked rice for serving
Heat the fat or oil over high heat in a large soup pot. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, green onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown.
Add the water or stock, bay leaves, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add the spinach (in batches if necessary to give them a moment to wilt before adding more), beans and tomatoes. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the spinach is done to your liking.
Re-season if necessary and serve over cooked rice.