Authentic Cajun Turkey Gumbo

READY IN: 5hrs
SERVES: 16-18




  • Crack the turkey carcass into several pieces.
  • Place the turkey carcass and legs into a large soup kettle with 3 qts of water and 1 tsp salt.
  • Boil for one hour.
  • Remove the carcass and legs and cool.
  • Remove the meat from the bones and discard the bones.
  • Reserve the stock and the meat.
  • In a heavy Dutch pven over medium heat, heat the grease and the oil.
  • Add the flour, stirring constantly, and cook until it turns a deep, mahogany brown.
  • Add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and parsley.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the okra and sausage and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 qts of water, 2 qts turkey stock Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, tomatoes, salt, bacon, bay leaves, and cayenne.
  • Simmer, covered, for 2.5-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the turkey meat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Just before serving, add the brown sugar and lemon juice.