Chicken and Sausage Gumbo in Five Easy Steps
Here’s my gumbo recipe in five easy steps. It is about as authentic as it comes, as I’ve taken ideas from many different people and made it simple. The only hardware you will need to make this gumbo is a large stockpot with strainer basket, a cast iron pan (or Dutch oven) or heavy skillet and a medium size pot to cook the rice. For the novice, cooking gumbo can seem like a daunting task and even many Louisianans that cook this on a regular basis don’t go by a recipe; they’ve just learned to do it, as I have. This is my best attempt to put together a methodology for an easy gumbo. Though there are many different varieties, the chicken and sausage are common ingredients and easy to procure. There isn’t a better dish to serve for Sunday football in the winter!
for the gumbo:
- 2 pounds bone-in CHICKEN THIGHS
- 2 pounds Smoked SAUSAGE or Andouille
- 2 white ONIONS, chopped
- 1 green BELL PEPPER, diced
- 3 ribs CELERY, minced
- 1 bunch GREEN ONION
- 5 qts WATER (approx)
- BLACK PEPPER, SALT, CAYENNE, OREGANO, THYME and GARLIC POWDER, to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- Cooked Rice (3 cups uncooked)
for the roux:
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup white flour
PREPARE YOUR TRINITY AND INGREDIENTS
Dice a white onion, three ribs of celery and one green bell pepper. Slice the sausage at a bias.
MAKE THE STOCK/BROTH AND COOK THE CHICKEN (IN THE STOCKPOT)
Fill a large stock pot with strainer basket ¾ way with cold water. Add a quartered white onion, some celery and season the water with salt, pepper, cayenne and a couple bay leaves. Bring water to a boil and add chicken thighs. Reduce temperature and let simmer for about a half an hour, until chicken is cooked and the water becomes a broth. Pull out the strainer and pour the broth into a bowl for later. When cooled, pull chicken from the bones, shred and reserve for later, discarding the bones. The chicken will be added within the last hour of the cooking.
BROWN THE SAUSAGE AND MAKE A ROUX (in cast iron pot)
Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven and brown your sausage to render the grease; then remove and reserve for later. Add vegetable oil, then when heated, slowly add flower to make the roux. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to get the sausage pieces into the roux.
BRING IT ALL TOGETHER
Heat the stockpot and add butter. When butter is melted, add the trinity (onion, bell pepper and celery) and sweat until soft, probably about 10-12 minutes. With a large spoon, add your roux and mix it together with the trinity. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
Using a ladle, add chicken broth a little at a time and continue to stir to mix it with the roux and trinity. Continue to add broth until you have a desired consistency and color. The more broth added, the thinner the gumbo.
LET IT COOK!
Your gumbo can cook for as long as you want. After a couple hours on a low simmer, you can add the sausage and the chicken back into the pot. At this time, you’ll also want to taste it and add seasonings as necessary and toss in the green onions.
Make your rice and eat!
- About a half hour before you are ready to serve your gumbo, begin preparing your rice.
Other Great Gumbo Links
Gumbo (Ya-Ya) eGullet Cookoff Thread – An interesting internet discussion by a bunch of people learning to make gumbo over the internet. If you are starting from scratch and never had gumbo, you should begin here.
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