Gumbo Vert (Green Gumbo) or Gumbo Zherbes

Have you ever heard of the dish called gumbo “vert’ vah? If you have not, this is a dish with spinach cooked with ground meat or ground turkey. My kids love it and request it alot. Some people can’t get over how they ask for it. My grandmother used it as a main dish.


  • 1 pound ground meat or ground turkey
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 cans spinach drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


Step 1

Slice the onions and brown with a pound of ground meat or ground turkey. Drain the excess oil and fats. Drain the 6 cans of spinach and add to the brown ground meat, salt and black pepper. Add 3 cups of water and mix well.

Step 2

Make a white roux made with the 1/4 cup of plain all-purpose flour and the 1/4 cup of water and add this to the mixture. This acts as the thickening agent. Simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Serve over rice.

Add smoked sausage for a different taste sensation.

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