Gumbo jumble: Play with ingredients

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Gumbo jumble: Play with ingredients

Ingredients for Seafood Gumbo include, clockwise from top: chopped frog legs, oysters, scallions, parsley, shrimp and chopped alligator meat.

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

2 large chickens


2 large onions, chopped


1 cup celery, chopped


1 cup green pepper, chopped


Chopped garlic


2 cups vegetable oil


2 cups flour


Two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped okra (optional)


2-3 pounds smoked sausage (cut in cubes)


Parsley


Scallions


1½ gallons chicken broth


Cayenne pepper


Salt & pepper


Worcestershire sauce


Cooked white rice


Filé powder (ground sassafras leaves)


First, make a roux as follows: In a heavy pan, heat the oil on medium-high heat and then add the flour slowly, stirring constantly. Cook on medium-high heat until brown (at least 5 minutes). Set aside to cool.


Rinse chickens. Put chicken in a large pot and cover with chicken broth. Bring to a boil.


Simmer about one hour until chicken is tender.


Strain and save broth to use as your liquid in the gumbo. Debone the chicken and set aside.


Sweat (or sauté) onion, celery and green peppers and garlic in a soup kettle on medium to low heat. Once vegetables are soft, add broth and bring to a boil.


Next add the cool or cold roux and stir until the roux is fully incorporated into broth, and bring back to a boil.


All of the roux may not be used, and some of the broth may be reserved for later (if needed to thin soup). Thickness is dependent on personal taste.


Now add okra (optional), sausage and chicken and bring back to a boil, then turn down heat to a simmer and add parsley and scallions.


Season with cayenne, salt and black pepper to taste.


A little Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce could be added at this time. Serve over warm rice and garnish with filé powder.


Recipe courtesy of Todd Escudier.

Seafood (Swamp) Gumbo

1 cup of oil


1 cup of flour


2 large onions, chopped


2 ribs celery, chopped


1 green bell pepper, chopped


Garlic, chopped


One 10-ounce can stewed tomatoes


Tomato paste (optional)


3 quarts fish stock (or canned clam juice)


2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined


1 pound crabmeat


1 pint oysters (optional)


3 pairs frog legs, cooked, deboned and chopped (optional)


1 pound alligator meat, cooked and cubed (optional)


Tabasco


Worcestershire


2 bay leaves


1 cup scallions, chopped


½ cup parsley, chopped


Cooked rice


Filé powder (ground sassafras leaves)


Salt & pepper


First, make a roux as follows: In a heavy pan, heat the oil on medium-high heat and then add the flour slowly, stirring constantly. Cook on medium-high heat until brown (at least 5 minutes). Set aside to cool.


Sweat (or sauté) the onion, celery, bell peppers and garlic until soft. Add the roux and mix thoroughly. Stir in the stewed tomatoes and tomato paste, then cook for 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil, making sure the liquid is somewhat thick. Add the seafood and simmer for 5 minutes.


Season to taste with Tabasco, Worcestershire and salt & pepper. Garnish with scallions and parsley. Serve in large soup bowls over warm rice and top with filé.


Recipe courtesy of Todd Escudier.

Gumbo jumble: Play with ingredients

Ingredients for Seafood Gumbo include, clockwise from top: chopped frog legs, oysters, scallions, parsley, shrimp and chopped alligator meat.

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