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Texas Gumbo

1 pound dried white Navy beans

8 cups water

1/2 pound of your choice of one: smoked German sausage, or smoked ham, or smoked chicken or smoked turkey cut into bite-size pieces

¼ pound margarine

2 onions, diced fine

2 ribs celery, diced 1

green bell pepper, diced fine

1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons powdered mustard

1 teaspoon Tabasco

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons Worcestershire powder

1 tablespoon powdered ginger

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

1 (10-ounce) package frozen okra, sliced and thawed

Clean beans and place into a large pot with 8 cups of water. Boil slowly for two hours until beans are tender. Remove the floaters and add sausage, ham, chicken or turkey. Using a large skillet, melt margarine and sauté onion and green bell pepper until soft. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings and okra. Bring to a simmer and stir for 5 minutes. Add all ingredients from the skillet to the pot with the cooked beans. Stir to combine and heat through. Serve over cooked rice.

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