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
1 lb ground turkey
Crushed fennel seed
Season to taste and mix well.
6c water (was too thin 5c next time)
Dash caynne pepper
Dried roasted bell peppers & garlic
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.