This gumbo tasted so cozy on a cold night this week. I bought a package of fresh chicken quarters...it had 4 quarters in there, I think it only cost $2.80, so cheaper than a whole chicken. I simmered the chicken in water with some onion, bay leave, and peppercorns. Then shredded the meat, that way I had some good broth for the gumbo.
Below is the roux...you are suppose to cook it till it is chocolate brown, I got a little lazy and stopped a little early mainly cuz I had a screaming baby that needed to be fed, so I chose the baby over the roux. The roux was a little dry, I'm not sure if I mis-measured or if it needed a touch more oil, but I added a little more and it was better. So feel free to add a little more oil if it needs it.
I doubled the recipe so here is my 4 cups of chicken...
Below is my big yummy pot of gumbo. We had my cousin Nathan and his girlfriend Marianna over for dinner. The recipe called for spicy sausage, but I used mild sausage because of the kids, but I kinda wish I had used something hotter, I thought it needed a little kick. Don't be afraid to salt this, the recipe just says to "salt to taste". For a doubled batch I used 1 teaspoon, and thought it needed more still. I stuck a container of the leftovers in the freezer for another cold day...YUM! --Carissa
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