Southern Favorite: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

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Heaven can be a little spicy…
A rich bowl of smoky gumbo along with a generous helping of devilish potato salad.

Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickChicken & Sausage Gumbo
makes 6 to 8 servings

1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup flour
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp creole seasoning
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 {32-oz} box chicken broth
1 {14-oz} can chicken broth
2 bone-in chicken breasts
1 {16-oz} package frozen okra, divided
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
The Extras
cooked rice * scallions * saltine crackers * hot sauce
Big Easy Potato Salad

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Stir together the oil & flour in a dutch oven over Medium-High heat.
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Stir constantly for 5 minutes or until your reach the color just shy of a Hershey bar.
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a nutty aroma will fill your kitchen
you’re almost there… keep going

Add the onion & the next 3 ingredients.
Cook for 8 minutes.
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Stir in the creole seasoning & the next 4 ingredients with a 1/2 a bag of okra.
Simmer over low heat partially covered.
Stir the gumbo on occasion for 1 hour & 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken & fish out any bones.
Pull the chicken from the bone & shred with a fork.
Return the meat to the pot.

Brown the sausage in a skillet & drain well on paper towels.
Add it to the pot.

Add the remaining 1/2 of a bag of okra.
Cook for 30 more minutes, stirring on occasion.

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How To Make Gumbo

The 411

1. Get the roux started
2. You’re almost there… keep going
3. Ready to add the seasonings, broth & what not

The Roux

Use a 1:1 ratio of flour to oil.

I make a speedy roux that turns a nice rich dark color in about 5 minutes.
Stir every inch of that pot to keep it from burning.
Slide the Dutch oven off of the heat momentarily to keep it a steady color…
Keep stirring.

If Medium-High heat makes you nervous,
take your time at a slightly lower temperature.
I just like to get on with it already.

The Vegetables

Seed & remove the membrane from the green bell pepper.

The okra will add additional thickening power.
I prefer to add a little at the end for color & texture.

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Tailgating At Home Tip

Cool the gumbo at room temperature, uncovered for 30 minutes.
Place in the refrigerator with the lid cocked to one side so that additional steam can escape.

Reheat & transfer to a slow cooker.
Add additional water to thin, if necessary.

Please do. Help Yourself.
Organize an assortment of stir-ins & toppings on a tray.
Serve in mugs or bowls.

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3 Responses to Southern Favorite: Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

  1. jan gautro February 17, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Rebecca, my husband is cajun(we are both from La.) and he introduced me to Gumbo & pot. salad also & it continues to be a favorite for us! Yum! could eat some right now!!!!!

    • Rebecca February 17, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Jan, I’m so glad you stopped by! I know, “isn’t it the most… to say the least” (one of my fave quotes from Grease) Miss u, R (the smiley face icon is a little creepy– I had to remove it)


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