Chicken & Sausage Gumbo - the Hard Way

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 12 Bowls




  • Heat oven to 400F (200C) -- Arrange chicken in pan. Bake chicken for 50 minutes.
  • Fry bacon in batches -- preferrably in a cast iron skillet, collect grease. Bacon should be slightly crispy but not brittle.
  • Chop veggies, Slice Sausage -- While you are frying bacon, be chopping up all your vegetables. Mix in a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a Roux -- The bacon should be about done. Reduce heat to MED-LOW. Using a wisk or flat wooden ladle, sprinkle in flour stirring constantly. Be sure to stir the whole bottom of the skillet at least 2-3 times a minute.
  • Cool the Roux -- When the roux is the color of milk chocolate you are done (about 10-15 minutes depending on your stove). Add about half the veggies. Mix well. This should stop the roux from cooking. Saute until onions are clear.
  • Put it all in the pot -- Transfer the roux to a large stock pot, add remaining vegetables, bacon, sausage, bay leaves and season salt and 3-4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil on HIGH, stirring every few minutes. Reduce heat to LOW and simmer for 30-60 minutes.
  • Add the chicken -- The chicken should be out of the oven by now, you can debone or simply drop in the gumbo as soon as it comes out.
  • Skim oil from the top of the gumbo before serving. Serve over steamed rice. Top with hot sauce, file, season salt, chopped green onions.
  • Recommended sides: potato salad, french bread, crackers, more gumbo.