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Chicken and sausage gumbo | Homesick Texan

Chicken and sausage gumbo

Servings 8
Author Lisa Fain

Ingredients

For the roux:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of canola oil plus a tablespoon

For the stock:

  • 1 4- pound chicken, cut into parts
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne
  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
  • 5 whole garlic cloves
  • 2 stalks celery, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves

For the gumbo:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds andouille sausage, sliced
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dry
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of filé powder plus more for serving
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Instructions

  1. To make your roux, in a large cast iron skillet, mix together the flour and the canola oil. Place in an oven set at 350 degrees, walk away and let it cook for two hours. No hovering, no stirring, no nothing! After a couple of hours, take it out of the oven and it should be chocolate brown. Now, you can also do it the standing over the stove method if you prefer, but I don’t.


  2. While the roux is cooking, make your chicken and broth. First, season your chicken parts generously with salt, black pepper and Cayenne. Place the chicken parts in a large pot with the quartered onions, whole garlic, quartered celery, 2 bay leaves and 8 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour and a half, skimming any foam that rises to the surface.


  3. Take the chicken out of the pot and when it’s cool, remove the fat and pick the meat off the bones and cut into pieces. When the broth is cool, strain and throw out the vegetables. Remove the fat with a gravy separator or by the plastic bag method. To do the latter, you’ll pour the broth into a quart-sized plastic storage bag and once you see the fat rise to the top, snip off a bottom corner and drain it until you reach the fat layer. Do this in batches. You should have about 8 quarts.


  4. Clean your pot (or get another big one if you’re blessed with a large, well-stocked kitchen) and in the bottom of it heat up 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the diced onions and let them cook for 10 minutes. Add the chopped celery and bell pepper, cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Throw in the minced garlic and cook for a minute. Now stir in the roux and cook it with the vegetables for five minutes, stirring every so often. Add the chicken meat and half of the sliced sausage and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If things start to get sticky, pour in some water or wine.


  5. Now, slowly whisk in your strained chicken broth to the roux, vegetable, meat mixture. Throw in two more bay leaves, thyme and the Worcestershire, bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour. At this time add the remaining sausage and cook for another hour. Fifteen minutes before it’s done, add the minced green onions and filé powder and check to see if it needs salt, black and Cayenne pepper.


  6. Remove bay leaves and serve over cooked rice with file powder for people to add to their bowls.


Recipe Notes

Filé (pronounced fee-lay) powder is ground sassafras leaves. If your store doesn't carry it, it can be ordered for Cajun Grocer.