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In our house this is the only thing we do with leftover turkey! Serve over rice and with hot corn bread. This is our all-time favorite gumbo recipe from La Bonne Cuisine Cookbook from New Orleans. After cooking this for more than 25 years, we now ad-lib, I throw all the leftover turkey in, cover with water and go from there. But, for those of you who have never made a gumbo, it helps to follow the recipe a few times. This recipe is very tried and true, you will create an out of this world gumbo! *Just be careful to NOT burn the roux. You must stir constantly. Plan on having someone else answer the phone, you can’t do both. I am from New Orleans and have had my share of gumbo, believe you-me! This one is the best!
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- 1 turkey carcass
- 2 turkey legs (or thighs)
- 1/2 cup bacon grease
- 1/2 cup cooking oil
- 1 cup flour
- 8 celery ribs
- 3 large onions, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 lb okra, sliced (frozen is fine)
- 1 cup smoked sausage, sliced
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco sauce
- 12 ounces tomatoes, diced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 4 slices bacon, slices cut into 1 pieces
- 1 -2 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1Crack the turkey carcass into several pieces.
- 2Place the turkey carcass and legs into a large soup kettle with 3 qts of water and 1 tsp salt.
- 3Boil for one hour.
- 4Remove the carcass and legs and cool.
- 5Remove the meat from the bones and discard the bones.
- 6Reserve the stock and the meat.
- 7In a heavy Dutch pven over medium heat, heat the grease and the oil.
- 8Add the flour, stirring constantly, and cook until it turns a deep, mahogany brown.
- 9Add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and parsley.
- 10Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly.
- 11Add the okra and sausage and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
- 12Add 2 qts of water, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, tomatoes, salt, bacon, bay leaves, and cayenne.
- 13Simmer, covered, for 2.5-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
- 14Add the turkey meat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- 15Just before serving, add the brown sugar and lemon juice.
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Nutritional Facts for Authentic Cajun Turkey Gumbo
Serving Size: 1 (217 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 340.4
- Calories from Fat 191
- Total Fat 21.2 g
- Saturated Fat 5.8 g
- Cholesterol 79.9 mg
- Sodium 862.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 14.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
- Sugars 3.8 g
- Protein 22.3 g
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