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The Palmetto Bug Stompers once crooned that: "There is nothing Like New Orleans", and there is also nothing like a good, simple gumbo, be it chicken and sausage, or seafood(my favorite)when done right, you can see why people get addicted to Louisiana. A quick confession;I have shamelessly stolen this recipe from Chuck at the Mighty "Gumbo Pages", just so we know that I give credit where credit is due. Check out his plethora of Louisiana recipes at his site; http://www.gumbopages.com/recipe-page.html
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup flour
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 quarts chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons creole seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large chicken, cut into pieces (young hen preferred)
- 2 lbs andouille sausages or 2 lbs smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 bunch scallion, tops only, chopped (green onions)
- 2⁄3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Season the chicken with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning and brown quickly. Brown the sausage, pour off fat and reserve meats.
- In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil and cook the flour in the oil over medium to high heat (depending on your roux-making skill), stirring constantly, until the roux reaches a dark reddish-brown color, almost the color of coffee or milk chocolate for a Cajun-style roux. If you want to save time, or prefer a more New Orleans-style roux, cook it to a medium, peanut-butter color, over lower heat if you're nervous about burning it.
- Add the vegetables and stir quickly. This cooks the vegetables and also stops the roux from cooking further. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes.
- Add the stock, seasonings, chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, then cook for about one hour, skimming fat off the top as needed.
- Add the chopped scallion tops and parsley, and heat for 5 minutes. Serve over rice in large shallow bowls. Accompany with a good beer and lots of hot, crispy French bread.
- *A personal note* While I adore Chucks recipe,I find that making a roux from scratch can really be a time consuming chore, especially when watching two little hellions under the age of five all day long.
- There are a bunch of roux mixes available; my favorite so far being Tony Chacheres.
- There is also Zatarains http://www.zatarain.com/.
- and there is also Richards Cajun Roux, which my wifes Uncle says is the best. Ive got a few jars of it, but havent had a chance to try it yet. You can order it here:.