I've been trying to master gumbo for a while now. And now that I'm focusing on rice for my girls as that seems to be a key ingredient most days to get them to eat, it's a good staple to have, as it's easy to make if time consuming.

I made a modified version of Shea's grandmother's and a recipe I found online. The biggest drawback to Shea's mawmaw's recipe is it is intended to make 4 gallons, scaling it down doesn't work real well considering that there is no water quantity. Ours ended up too thick.

So today I used the following recipe.

Chicken and Turkey Sausage Gumbo
Tags: Southern, chicken, turkey, rice

Turkey Sausage
1 lb ground turkey
Mince garlic
Crushed fennel seed

Season to taste and mix well.

4T butter
4T flour
6c water (was too thin 5c next time)
Celery salt
Dash caynne pepper
Dried roasted bell peppers & garlic
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Bay leaf
1 lb turkey sausage
1 large chicken breast, cubed
2T tomato paste

Brown turkey sausage (needs to be drained really well). Put butter and flour in large pot and brown (medium to dark brown roux). Add seasonings to taste, Add meat, water, tomato paste and bring to a rapid boil. Boil for 5 mins, then simmer for 2 hours.

Serve with rice.

The parts in italics are the changes for next go around. Seasoning wise I think we did good. So next version will be a bit thinner and less oily. So here's to hoping it goes just as good next time.

It makes about 6 servings with 6 cups and lots of rice.

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