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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo — 29 Comments

  1. You are trying to kill me….. *rubs eyes* THIS looks so dang good – that I am seriously considering comeing down for a taste!!! YUMMY!!!!

  2. Ok, you warned me about this post when we visited this afternoon, and even mentioned Choupiquer’s comment. I wholeheartedly agree with him. A Gumbo is not a Gumbo without a Roux. I’m sure it tasted good, but …..I would say that is Chicken and Andouille SOUP! The poor “Yanks” (north of Alexandria, La.) are gonna make this SOUP and pass it off to friends and relatives as Gumbo. Re: MrsCoach’s comment. I will say this though, it is healthier than the real stuff. Just go back and retitle it as Faux Gumbo. LOL! P.S. Camp Dularge (AKA Cypress Cottage) looks great! Inside and out.

    • Okay, Steffi and Choup. I was expecting y’all to chime in with your variations of cooking gumbo, but I was not expecting you to “dog” my gumbo! But since you did, I’ll just have to educate you (and defend myself). This is not a Cajun gumbo–it’s a “bayou” gumbo. This is not even “honky” gumbo or North Louisiana soup gumbo. This is the original Houma Indian gumbo. And if we want to get really technical about what constitutes a real gumbo, then it must have okra in it, because “gumbo” is the African word for “okra”. But we all know how things change over the years and get lost in translation AND how people change recipes! The Native American bayou women (i.e. my mother-in-law) make another gumbo called “shrimp-okra gumbo”, which is full of okra. They also make a gumbo without okra, which they call “shrimp file` gumbo”. File`, dried ground sassafras leaves, is a Native American creation.

      So, Mrs. Coach, (who works with Native Americans), if you want to make this gumbo, go right ahead and know that you are making a “real” bayou gumbo! LOL!

      Coming soon: Bayou Woman Cooks Faux Gumbo ala Shreveport, LA LOL!

  3. I cover all the bases when I make gumbo. Here’s how I do it. Turkey or chicken calls for andouille and okra. Shrimp or shrimp and crab ( no oysters though, I only like them fried crisp, it’s a texture thing) , no okra, but they all get file’ and a ROUX! I made a deal with the kids when they were growing up. The boys didn’t really care for okra but my daughter loves it. So, we compromised and I didn’t have to listen to any complaining. I might have to try “Bayou Gumbo” one day soon. Being part Cherokee (a VERY small part), I just couldn’t relate to the Houma Indian recipe. LOL You know we love ya!

  4. OK, OK….I was agonna defend my dear BW on her gumbo recipe, like she points out, EVERYone has their own sworn by gumbo recipe….til I read that comment…………………..”This is not even “honky” gumbo or North Louisiana soup gumbo……..” I usually say hey, if I didnt have to cook it..then its darn good!…but then what would I know…Im one of those honky-yankee-exNorth Louisiana soup makers now frying up chicken fried steaks in the big state of Texas ….so maybe I’ll just rearrange my pantry, scratch my watch and wind my butt and see if I can find where I left my roux…………………cuz ya’ll know I HAVE ONE round here somewheres, probably in my pot of gumbo!
    ROTFLMBO……ya’ll crack me up
    Deb

    • That’s right, Deb!!! A merry hearts does good like a medicine!!!! And you are kinda hilarious yourself, up there in Texas frying chicken steaks and winding your butt!!!

  5. Using a roux makes gumbo more French in nature.
    Sans roux and with file’ makes it more Native American. Gumbo with okra is influenced by the West African slaves, who brought it from their homelands. PBS said so (and so did my Mommer!) so I believe it!
    I was a Sesame Street kid… Love me some PBS!

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/neworleans/sfeature/food.html

    One question though: My gumbo comes from a box… Mam Papaul’s. So what does that make mine? Cardboard in nature??? 😉

    You guys just wait for that north Louisiana faux gumbo recipe! It’s one of my very favorite meals!

    • Dotter, do you REALLY think I should share that old secret “Redneck Gumbo” recipe with them? They might run me off the bayou on a pirogue with holes in it! LOL!

  6. Not once they taste it! I could probably eat a pirogue full! Okay, I retract that. That’s a little gross when I actually think about it.

  7. Well, I’ve been educated! I didn’t think anything in southern Louisiana could be cooked without a roux! In fact, I had to go to great lengths to learn how to make a healthy roux without oils and with whole wheat flour! Lol!

    You continue to broaden my mind, BW!

    Love you!!!

  8. Now I see how to make gumbo! My Dad, raised in New Orleans, ate so much of it as child that he forbade it in the house when we were children. I’ve always wanted to try it. Now I have a recipe that even I can follow. Thank you, BW!

  9. Well this gumbo recipe smells like my chicken sausage jambalaya. Savoie’s or my fave Richard’s andouille and grilled boneless chicken thighs.

    Some pecan liquid smoke some crystal hot sauce. I been tossing rosemary in everything lately and parsley been a staple since first trip to CwitdeR’s.

    A can of chili tomato’s Rotell if your a bayou beauty or RedGold if you are supporting local Midwest economy.

    Oh yeah Tony’s spice n herbs……

    Then I been using brown rice. Little more than cup and a quarter lightly browned in olive oil before adding to the big 7 quart dutch oven. That is almost a roux, ain’t it???? OK maybe not.

  10. Ten Louisiana cooks will give you ten different recipes for gumbo. No matter now you cook it, there is something therapeutic about cooking gumbo.

    It’s a common denominator. Grandma cooked. Aunt Sally cooked it. The preacher’s wife cooked it. Even old MS Connors, the school marm, who’s not even from here, cooked it. It’s like a sisterhood except for all those brothers who cook it too! 🙂

    It’s been done for hundreds of years so the old nostalgia bug kicks in and you picture hunting and fishing ancestors and such. You can feed an army with a pot full of it, so there’s that wonderful nuturing feeling. And it can be done relatively inexpensively, so there’s the pat on your own back feeling of contributing to the household economy.

    Roux, – no roux, tomatoes – no tomatoes … who cares! It’s all good.
    Thanks BW for yet another way to make gumbo.

  11. What constitutes veggies here lately.

    You get your sausage searing and your leftover bacon. (possibility escapes me)
    Then you got carrots, onions, parsley, garlic, celery, green pepper, yellow idaho taters with rosemary and marjoram and mustard seed and pecan liquid smoke and crystal hot sauce and bit of Lee & Perrin’s. Get that all up to a good simmer then cover with sliced up cabbage. Slap that lid on as good as possible. Let simmer till cabbage collapses. Toss in bay leafs somewhere with the can of maters after the taters with half can water or so.

    enjoy till thursday then let dog lick the pot.

    No gumbo jumbo but you can eat a hard boiled egg with it. Or a yam…

    Rolling into Loozy morning of 21st.

  12. Yeah, I think you oughta share the Redneck Gumbo recipe – everybody needs another way to make gumbo! I want to know from blu where you get pecan liquid smoke – don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

    Blu, I like this recipe you shared – sounds like a great veggie soup – where’s the pics?

    • Colgin,is the company that makes ‘pecan liquid smoke’. It’s the brand that you see most often. FYI, pecan oil makes a good roux. 5 years late….I know, but I’m slow.

  13. Ah yes,the number of gumbo recipes is endless! People tend to experiment and make their own recipes ,so that is why is out there so many gumbo recipes! But who cares, I agree! How ever they make it, I like it!

  14. I understand that everyone makes their gumbo differently depending on where they grew up. Some even get their roux from a jar. Where I grew up it isn’t gumbo unless you whip out your cast iron skillet and get down to making the roux until it’s a dark chocolate. We believe that is what gives the gumbo it’s depth and makes the gumbo. So I will be sticking with my gumbo I was taugt here in coon#!# country in honor of my ancestors as everyone should.

    • Hi Marie and welcome! Regarding your encouragement to stick to ancestors and heritage, I agree, and this is how my Houma Indian mother-in-law made gumbo. She only made a nice, dark brown roux as a base for stews! Thank you for the input and happy gumbo making, Coona$$ style!!! BW

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