SMOKED SAUSAGE AND CHICKEN GUMBO
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Cooking
SMOKED SAUSAGE AND CHICKEN GUMBO . Southern cooking is synonymous with southern hospitality.Creole cooking is complex, rich and deliciously flavorful with a blend of spices ,gumbo files , soups and stews. SMOKED SAUSAGE AND CHICKEN GUMBO is also referred to as Camp Stew. American cooking could never to be referred to as dull and boring , because it has so many ways to prepare food and so many millions of brilliant cooks.
3 lbs. of stewed chicken
1 lb. of smoked sausage (beef or pork)
1 cup oil
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced onions
1 cup diced bell peppers, any color or variety
1/4 cup minced garlic
3 quarts of chicken stock
1 lb. button mushrooms
1 cup diced green onions
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh thyme
2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
Salt and fresh ground black or white pepper to taste
Hot sauce to taste ( Tabesco , Cajun Chef, which ever you prefer)
1/2 cup chopped parsley , for garnish
4 cups cooked steamed rice
Boil chicken ( 1 to 2 hours before cooking gumbo), reserve stock
Remove chicken from bone , discarding bones, cutting chicken into small pieces , reserving chicken and stock for use in gumbo. Cut smoked sausage into 1/2- inch slices, set aside.
In a 2-gallon stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly until a golden brown roux is achieved. Stir in onions, celery,bell pepper , and minced garlic. Saute 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted.
Blend chicken pieces and sausage slices into vegetable mixture, about 15 minutes. Add chicken stock , on ladle full at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 1 hour more. Skim any oil or fat that comes to the top.
Stir in mushrooms, green onions, bay leaf, thyme, and basil. Season with salt, pepper , and hot sauce. Cook additional time, if necessary , until chicken is tender and falling apart. Stir in parsley, just before serving SMOKED SAUSAGE AND CHICKEN GUMBO. Serve over steamed rice. Add baked rolls, cornbread sticks, or crackers. Serves 8- 10 guests .Enjoy