louisiana gumbo

Chicken and Sausage

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Alright! Here we go. Everyone always asks me to put some gumbo up on my site or teach them how to make it. Well, I am going to post it, and post a really sped up video of it for you as well!
A good gumbo will take you about 40 minutes to an hour to get the roux right. And, you better pay attention the whole time, because the minute you decide to walk away it will burn and you will be burnt up with anger! Is it time consuming? Hell yeah. Can it be a pain in the booty? Oh yeah. But, is it absolutely worth every bite? Dang dog heck yeah!
Alright, I’m going to put my hillbilly away now. Let’s just say this is good stuff here y’all and you’re going to want to taste it!

  • 1 cup oil (I use canola)

  • 1 bag of cut okra

  • Rice for serving

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1.5 cups diced onion

  • 1 cup diced bell pepper

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 2 32oz chicken broth

  • 3 tbsp chopped garlic

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tbsp- 3 tbsp slap ya mama

  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Water as needed

  • 1 lb andouille sausage or your favorite smoked sausage

  • 1 lb chicken cut into cubes

    • 1-2 tsp slap ya mama sprinkled all over chicken

  • Directions:

  • First you make a roux

  • Heat your heavy duty pot, I use a 7qt enameled cast iron pot

  • When it is hot add your oil

  • Allow it to move around and heat up

  • Test it by putting a pinch of flour in it, if it sizzles it is ready

  • Place your flour in and start the stirring process!

  • Stir constantly with a large wooden spoon

  • The goal is to get it a dark chocolate color (Some people can achieve this in 3o minutes, these are people who usually know how to control their heat and not burn it. It is okay to take your time so you don’t burn it. Keep it on a medium-medium high heat. If you feel like it gets too hot and smoky, turn the heat down to medium and take your time)

  • Once you have gotten it to desired darkness, place in the onions, celery and bell pepper

  • Cook for about 7-10 minutes until soft

  • Add your sausage and cook for a few minutes

  • Add chicken and stir around

  • Add seasonings

  • Cook for about 10 minutes

  • Pour in chicken broth

  • Bring to a boil

  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through

  • Add water if needed to get your liquid level 2 inches below the pot

  • At this point, I test my seasonings, Once the chicken is cooked you can taste the broth. You may want to add more slap ya mama to it. I end up adding about 2 tbsp total, but you may want to add less depending on your taste!

  • Add okra to the pot

  • Cover and allow it to cook on medium-low heat for 2 hours or more

  • Test seasonings and adjust if needed

  • Serve over rice