Dis iz a terrific gumbo recipe, if'n you close your eyes, you'll swear Mama is makin'it fer ya. Feel free to substitute crawdads fer de shrimp. File is optional and is always added off of the heat. Add rice to the center of a large soup bowl, add gumbo.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 pound okra, chopped
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 pound chicken thighs
- 1 pound andouille sausage links
- 2 cups water
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
- 1/2 teaspoon file powder (optional)
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, celery and okra; cook and stir until golden brown. Remove from the skillet, and set aside.
Brown the sausage in the skillet over medium heat. Remove from the pan to drain on paper towels. Drain the sausage fat from the skillet, and pour in the vegetable oil to heat. Place the chicken in the skillet, and cook for about 20 minutes, turning frequently. Remove chicken from the pan, and place on paper towels to drain, leaving the oil in the pan.
Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until the roux reaches a deep brown color. This should take about 30 minutes.
Stir 2 cups of water into the roux, and add the onion, garlic and peppers. Set the heat to medium, and bring to a boil. Stir in the chicken broth, and simmer over low heat. Cut the chicken into cubes, and add to the broth along with the sausage. Simmer for about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, combine rice and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
Add the shrimp to the gumbo, and season with thyme, parsley, salt, cayenne pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Cook for another 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the file powder.