Friday, November 12, 2010

Gotta get some Gumbo

While I'm on leave from work, I have been trying to do some more cooking, within limits of what I can lift and gripping knives for more than a minute really hurts. That being said, I'm trying to go outside the box more and try things I haven't before since I have a little more time to work in the kitchen.

Dude has helped a bit with getting dishes and stuff out for me and last week he said "hey, why don't you try gumbo?" Umm, I have never seen him EAT gumbo before.

I researched it a bit on the Internet then sent him a text message saying that if he picked up some bell peppers and celery, I would give it a go the next day. I had everything else in the freezer or the pantry, so it was cheap as chips to make.

I got this off the Internet either on or looked at both.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
1/2 pound sausage, sliced in 1/2 inch slices (I used spicy Italian)
Vegetable oil to make 3 TBSP with the drippings left from sausage
5 TBSP flour
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, smashed, not cut
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 tsp chipotle pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1-28 oz can tomatoes (I used diced)
4 cups cooked chicken, in bite sized pieces
hot rice, cooked
Cook sausage over high heat in a Dutch oven, stirring often. Remove sausage with slotted spoon to a paper towel on a plate, to reserve drippings. Add enough veggie oil to make 3 tablespoons. Whisk in flour, cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Add onion, celery, garlic and peppers. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer 5 minutes. Add sausage and chicken, simmer covered for 5 minutes.
Serve over hot rice.
Now, I let mine simmer for about an hour. I just thought it would taste better if the flavors had a chance to meld. The only thing I will change next time is to use jalapeno peppers as Dude burped up the green peppers all night and the jalapenos don't bother him. He really liked it and Drama Queen even scooped some chicken up and ate it with the rice. Score!

I only have a 3-quart Dutch oven. After making this, it just reinforced my need for a new Dutch oven. I had been looking on-line and they ranged from $99 to $waytoomuch.
However, on a trip to HomeGoods with my Mom and sister, I spotted this 7 quart for $70!! I love the color, but it doesn't represent very good on here.
I'm in love...

Thank you for all your kind words and emails on my last post. I have been feeling like I'm standing on a ledge, peering over the edge and hoping I won't fall. I really appreciate all of you-people I don't even know, but were right there with insight and hope. Thank you.


Hungry Dog said...

I want to make this! I like gumbo but have never taken a stab at it myself. I think the huz would really dig it. That little green dutch oven is to die for!

Cheryl said...

Yum, I have never made Gumbo before, it looks easy enough! I love that gorgeous pot too! Hope things are on the upswing for you

Pam said...

What a beautiful Dutch oven - that is sure to make you feel cheery!

The gumbo looks delicious...I've never made it before.

Monica H said...

That is such a pretty and festive Dutch oven. I see commercials for Home Goods all the time, but we don't have one here :-(

BTW, that's a great photo of you and your momma!

Dr.Sameena Prathap


That looks splendid..wanna dig in and have some rite now...:)


Ali said...

I made my first attempt at gumbo last week and it is pretty good stuff! I used a recipe from my trusty plaid BH&G cookbook. It called for okra but it turned out a little slimy, eeek.

Emily said...

Yum! This looks delicious! I love a good gumbo.

The Captain's Daughter said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new Dutch oven! It's soooo pretty!

I loved the kiwi color Le Creuset has now discontinued so I'm jealous of yours!