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Mrs. Mooney's Secret Gumbo

The gumbo recipe is the ultimate comfort food!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gumbo
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 450kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large red pepper diced
  • 1 large green pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow pepper diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced or grated
  • 1 onion diced (optional, original recipe does not call for it)
  • 1 ounce large can diced tomatoes 14, I like to use fire roasted
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning rounded
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (less if you do not want it too hot more if you do)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 cups chicken broth two 1 quart cartons
  • 1 1/2 pounds andouille sausage sliced + halved again into half circles (NO substitutions)
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs may sub chicken breast if desired
  • file powder for serving
  • white rice for serving
  • beer bread for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the chopped peppers (red, green and orange), chopped celery, garlic and onion, if using (I typically leave the onion out). Set aside.
  • In a small to medium size bowl combine the oregano, thyme, basil, creole seasoning, chili powder, cayenne pepper, pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • Before you begin the next step, make sure you have completed steps 1 and 2. It is very important to have all your ingredients prepped and ready go.
  • Grab a seat. No literally, grab a sit. You cannot walk away from the roux over the next 20-30 minutes. Heat a large heavy bottom soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the canola oil and flour to the pot and whisk to combine. Stir the roux EVERY 15-25 SECONDS. You will be able to smell the flour starting to brown. Continue to gently brown flour without burning it until the mixture turns the color of peanut butter or a dark caramel. This can take 30 minutes or so but it is the heart of the recipe. If you burn it, start over. This time just keep stirring and keep an eye on it! It took me 25 minutes to achieve a dark peanut butter color.
  • Once you have your roux made, add all your vegetables (everything in the bowl). The roux will bubble and thicken up immediately into a paste which coats the vegetables. Let the veggies cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes or so. Sprinkle spice mixture over the vegetables, stir and cook 3-5 minutes longer.
  • Add chicken broth, canned tomatoes, chicken thighs and sausage to the pot. Bring the gumbo to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered for at least 3 hours or up to all day (the longer the better for flavors to blend). The gumbo should be the consistency of stew. If too much of the liquid evaporates add water to thin and if there is too much liquid leave the top off the soup and cook 30 minutes longer. Once the meat has cooked through, skim fat from top and lightly shred the chicken. Serve over rice and sprinkle with file powder (sassafras powder) if you have it. [Beer Bread | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/5-ingredient-beer-bread/] is great with this meal!

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1408mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1110IU | Vitamin C: 61.7mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3.9mg