Fill a large soup pot 1/3 full of water and/or chicken stock. Heat to boiling and add roux, stirring constantly for 5 - 10 min until all clumps of roux are completely dissolved. Stop stirring and allow the roux mixture to boil until it is frothing. Once this starts, let it continue for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add chopped sausages and vegetables, holding back a small handful of the green onions. Give it a stir and then season. Let it all come to a boil again, turn the fire down to medium and cook down for 30 minutes. Add chicken, return to boiling, turn fire to medium and cook for 45 minutes until chicken is cooked. As chicken is cooking, skim off any brown imperfections or excess oil and discard.
Keep fire on medium to low heat. Remove and cool chicken, then de-bone the meat and return it to the pot. Taste the gumbo and season again, if necessary. When seasoning is perfect, add in the reserved fresh green onions about ten minutes before serving. Serve over white rice in bowls.
Be very sure to purchase plain smoked pork sausage without cheese or Italian herbs. Check the ingredients list if the name is ambiguous. Herbs will wreck the flavor of the gumbo.
A large soup pot means something 6 to 8 quarts in size.
Either homemade or canned chicken stock can be used, but the canned stock might be salty so I would not include salt in the first seasoning. I usually used a half and half combination of water and stock to start the gumbo.
I often used all dark meat to make this gumbo - chicken legs with the back attached - but it is traditionally prepared with the whole chicken. You choose according to your family's taste. Any combination of parts equal to the weight of one chicken would work.
My dad's rule of thumb for seasoning was one good sprinkle across the entire surface of the pot. So the first time the recipe says to season - give a good sprinkle of Cajun seasoning and a lighter sprinkle of the salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders as they are all contained in the Cajun seasoning. Once the chicken is cooked and the recipe says to season again, the gumbo usually needs salt and Cajun spice. Mine usually got a bit more of all the other seasonings as well, but it depends on what you give it the first time. It will be a learning process to get your taste buds adjusted to which seasoning is needed, but try to make it taste like mine and when unsure, give a pinch of one thing, let it cook for ten minutes and taste again to see if you got it right. If not, add a different one and repeat the cooking and tasting again. Too, remember that individuals can always add more hot sauce and Cajun seasoning to their own bowls. You do need a certain amount of spice to give the gumbo it's proper flavor but there's no need make it very spicy in the pot, especially if you're serving children.
The brown "imperfections" I mention in the recipe looks like brown goop on the surface. Sometimes there is very little and sometimes there is a ton, but it should come out before serving. Regarding the oil, there should be only a thin layer so remove any more than that. And when you run out of Cajun seasoning and roux, phone to beg me for more. I'll do my best if you promise to keep up the Mardi Gras! Enjoy my friends.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (231g)|
|Recipe Makes: 12|
|Calories from Fat: 303 (66%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 33.7g||45 %|
|Saturated Fat 10.1g||51 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 13.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 6.3g|
|Cholesterol 137.8mg||42 %|
|Sodium 433.3mg||15 %|
|Potassium 540mg||14 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 3.3g||1 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.7g||3 %|
|Sugars, other 2.6g|
|Protein 33.5g||48 %|
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Calories per serving: 459
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