Dice the smoked sausage and brown well in a bit of cooking oil. Once the sausage pieces are well browned, remove them from the pot, and then brown the chicken on all sides.
Remove the chicken from the pot. Add the onion to the pot and cook for a few minutes before adding the garlic and the bell pepper. Cook until they begin to turn tender. Add the okra. After a few minutes of stirring and cooking, add the sausage back into the pot, then the chicken pieces.
Stir the canned tomatoes into the pot along with their juice. Bring to a gentle simmer. In another pan, heat the chicken stock, but don't allow to boil.
In a separate heavy pan heat the oil or margarine till it's almost to the point of smoking. Quickly stir in the flour stirring vigorously and constantly to avoid scorching. Be careful not to allow the flour to burn or stick. Reduce the heat if necessary. Continue stirring and watch for the roux to begin turning darker. The object is to cook the flour until it turns brown. At a minimum, the roux needs to come to a "medium brown" stage, which is about the color of peanut butter. In the bayou country, they'd insist that the roux be even a darker brown, but I don't like to do mine that way.
Once the roux has darkened sufficiently, remove the pan from the fire and continue stirring. Be careful! This roux is as hot as boiling oil, and it will continue to cook even off the fire. You can set the pan in another pan of water to cool it down, or you can have a reserve handful of chopped onion and bell pepper to throw into the roux to cool it. Or you can simply continue stirring until you are certain that cooking has stopped.
Ladle a bit of the chicken stock into the roux and blend smooth. Continue stirring in more stock until it forms a smooth gravy. Pour any left over stock into the gumbo pot, and then stir in the gravy. Add the chicken pieces back into the pot; cover and allow to cook about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the chicken pieces and debone as soon as they are cool enough to handle. Add the meat back into the pot.
Taste the gumbo and correct the seasoning if desired. Don't be afraid to add more of the red-white-black-pepper and salt blend to taste! Your gumbo might also benefit from a good splash of tabasco sauce or Louisiana hot sauce if you like.
Ladle the gumbo over bowls of steamed rice; then sprinkle with a bit of the fil powder. (Note: never cook the fil powder; always add to the bowl at the table.)
The amounts listed here are approximations. Don't be afraid to deviate from these amounts to make the gumbo to the consistency or "heat" that you like for your family.
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|Serving Size: 1 (604g)|
|Recipe Makes: 12|
|Calories from Fat: 775 (77%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 86.1g||115 %|
|Saturated Fat 13.5g||67 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 45.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 21.9g|
|Cholesterol 118.1mg||36 %|
|Sodium 665.8mg||23 %|
|Potassium 893.4mg||24 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 22.8g||7 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.9g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 19.9g|
|Protein 35g||50 %|
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Calories per serving: 1001
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