1 pound lean beef for stewing, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium-size green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
2 cups water
1 quart sliced okra
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Hot cooked rice
How to Make It
Sauté meat in a large Dutch oven until browned. Stir in onion, green pepper, celery, and parsley; cook until vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes and water; mix well, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
Add okra, bay leaf, and seasonings to Dutch oven, stirring well. Simmer, uncovered, an additional 1 1/2 hours or until okra is tender and gumbo has thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Ladle gumbo over hot cooked rice in individual serving bowls.