DCL Recipes: Instant Pot Gumbo and Old Fashioned Pudding Cake

21 May 2019 Amy Poore
Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.    Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.    Amy Poore

This month, I’m taking into consideration the fact that many of us are incredibly busy. Whether you’re camped out at the ball park, running around to and from school (or teaching!), or just busily planning your summer vacation, these recipes will hopefully make feeding everyone a bit easier.  

I’m still crazy about my Instant Pot. I’m constantly coming up with new ways to use it, and this gumbo is excellent if I do say so myself. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I’ve also included a slow cooker and a traditional method, too. 

Have you tried pudding cake before? It’s basically like having two desserts in one. This chocolate pudding cake will be a hit, I promise.  

Bon Appetit!  

Gumbo (Traditional and Instant Pot)

  • 4 green onions, sliced (green parts only) 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 14.5 oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes 
  • 2 8 oz. containers chopped trinity mix (bell peppers, onions, celery) 
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices 
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning 
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil plus 1 tablespoon 
  • 1/2 cup flour 
  • 1 32 oz. container chicken broth 
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (more or less to taste) 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
  • 2 cups frozen okra 
  • Cooked rice 



In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook (while stirring) until brown, around 5 minutes. Remove to plate with slotted spoon.

Add trinity mix and sauté until softened, around 5 minutes. Remove to plate of sausage with slotted spoon. Add all of this to your Instant Pot. 

Pour 1/2 remaining vegetable oil into Dutch oven along with flour. Cook over low-medium heat, whisking frequently until thickened and caramel brown (be careful not to burn). Add this roux to the Instant Pot along with broth, tomatoes, seasonings, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and okra. Pressure cook for 6 minutes.

While cooking, season shrimp with Cajun seasoning.

After pressure cooking, turn off Instant Pot and do a quick release. Once finished, open Instant Pot and stir in shrimp. Close and let shrimp cook in the residual heat for 10 minutes.

Serve gumbo over cooked rice and garnish with green onions.

Note: This can also be cooked in a slow cooker. Prepare everything the same and place in slow cooker (shrimp included). Cook on low for 3 hours. You can also add everything to the Dutch oven you first used and simmer on the stove for 2 hours. 


Old Fashioned Pudding Cake

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup 2 percent milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1-3/4 cups hot water 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk, oil, and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. 

Transfer to an ungreased 9-in. round baking pan. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over all, do not stir.  

Bake 35-40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.  

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