Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gumbo, Gumbo.

Here's my recipe for Gumbo. Unless otherwise noted dice everything. Serves 8.

1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Olive Oil
3 or 4 Andouille Sausage ( 9 to 12 ounces, sliced)
8 ounces Chicken Breast
1 1/4 pounds of Peeled and Deveined Shrimp.
1 Bell Pepper
2 Small Onions
2 Celery Stalks
1 Shallot 
3-4 Clove Garlic
1/4 c. Flour
2 quarts Chicken Stock
8-12 ounces of Okra (Sliced)
1 t. Onion Powder
1 t. Red Pepper Flakes
2 Roma Tomatoes
2 Bay Leaves
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 t. dried thyme
2 t. Fresh Thyme
3 t. Fresh Parsley
2 Pinch Salt
1/2 t. Black Pepper
4-5 Green Onions 
1 c. White Rice
1 T. File Powder

Put the oil and the butter in a large pot (4 quart).  Saute the sausage for a minute or two then add the chicken. Once these are well browned remove and reserve.  Add the trinity (Bell Pepper, onion and celery), plus the shallot and the garlic.  Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, until soft and gently browning. Add the flour and slowly roast while whisking until it changes to a mahogany color.   

Add the stock to stop the cooking of the roux. Bring to a boil and add the rice, okra, onion powder, red pepper, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire,  thyme, parsley. sat and pepper.  Return the sausage and chicken to the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes to cook the rice.

Add the onions, shrimp and cook for 4 minutes, turn off heat then whisk in the file powder,  Serve with Tabasco sauce.


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