Thursday, December 11, 2008

Recipe Thursday: Gumbo

Hi Everyone!

This week's recipe is another warm and cozy comfort meal. This is Paula Deen's Gumbo recipe. I saw her make it on tv and have made it myself a few times. It is one big pot of yummy, that's for sure. One tip, though: you really have to stir the roux constantly for the 10-15 minutes to get the dip rich brown color on it.

3 Large Chicken Breasts cut into pieces
1/4 cup Veg oil
1lb smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup flour
5 tbsp butter
1 onion chopped
8 cloves garlic minced
1 Green Bell pepper chopped
3 stalks celery chopped
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley
4 cups beef stock (warmed)
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups frozen green beans (the original recipe calls for okra; but I don't like okra)
1/2lb small cooked shrimp (completely optional)

Season chicken with S and P. Heat oil over med-high heat. Brown the chicken and remove. You don't need to cook all the way through because you will add it back to the pot later and it will finish cooking then.
Add the sausage and brown and remove that as well.
Sprinkle flour over the oil and add 2 tbsps of butter
Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly until deep brown. Let the roux cool.
Return the roux to low heat and melt 3 tbsps butter.
add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook 10 minutes.
Add the Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 10 minutes.
Add beef broth, stirring constantly.
Return chicken and sausage to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
Add tomatoes and green beans and simmer for another 45m-1 hour
Add shrimp (if using) and Parsley just before serving.

Serve with rice and hot rolls!

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