From the recipe files of Billy (Poncho) Grizzle

As I was leaving Market Basket Grocery Store, Bridge City one Saturday, I met our friend and neighbor, Don Breaux, going into the store.  He showed me this recipe his friend, Billy (Poncho) Grizzle had given him and he (Don) was there to purchase the ingredients so he could make it.

I don’t cook on Sunday….I call it my “day off.”  For lunch, we usually have leftovers, sandwiches or anything easy to prepare for example a frozen pizza (baked of course).  The Sunday after seeing Don at Market Basket the day before, we had returned from church and changed into comfortable clothes.  I was contemplating what we could have for lunch.  Suddenly there was a knock at our back door.  Don had a brought us a bowl of this Okra, Tomatoes and Sausage, the recipe he had shown me at Market Basket.  I took the sample and that was it, I ate the whole bowlful….I did let Mac have a taste.  Then Don called and asked how I liked it.  I told him I ate the whole bowlful and poor Mac only got a bite.  Then he showed up again with a bowlful for Mac.

I have eaten okra cooked many different ways but this topped them all.  I requested Don ask “Poncho’s” permission to share the recipe with the Record and me…he did and that is how I came about sharing this excellent KEEPER with you this week.  Hugs to you Don for the samples and an extra BIG thank you to Mr. “Poncho” Grizzle for giving us the recipe.  .

This makes a huge amount so unless feeding a huge crowd, you might want to half the recipe.

1 lb. deer smoked sausage (or any smoke sausage sliced into 1/4” slices)
1 lb. deer pan sausage (or Jimmy Dean)
3 lb. cut frozen okra
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
 2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans diced Italian tomatoes
1 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes (I prefer the mild)
2 (8 oz.) cans  tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 (8 oz.) can sliced mushrooms (I would use fresh or fresh frozen, sliced mushrooms)
4 cups water

In a skillet, brown the sliced sausage and cook the pan sausage; set aside.  Combine remaining ingredients in the 4 cups of water and simmer on medium heat for 1 hour.  Add all the sausage and simmer another 30 minutes.  Simple, easy and oh sooooo good!!!