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Cultural Kitchen : Authentic Gumbo Recipe with Paul Prudhomme

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Published on Aug 2, 2012

Learn how to make gumbo that'll taste like it was delivered straight from Bourbon Street's French Square in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chef Paul Prudhomme and Executive Chef Paul Miller show us how how easy it can be to marry the flavors of aged hen, andouille smoked sausage, dark roux, chicken stock, onions, bell peppers, celery and Cajun spices into a warm, flavorful meal.

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Chicken and Andouille Smoked Sausage Gumbo
Makes 6 Main-Dish or 10 Appetizer Servings

There must be as many kinds of gumbo as there are families in south Louisiana! Maybe more, because each one has its own recipes using chicken, duck, sausage, beef, seafood, and vegetables, depending on what's available in their area. You know what? They're all great.

2-3 pound chicken, all visible fat removed, cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of Chef Paul Prudhomme's Poultry Magic
1 cup finely diced onions
1 cup finely diced green bell peppers
3/4 cup finely diced celery
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flower
Vegetable oil for deep frying
1/2 pound andouille (preferred) or top quality smoked pork sausage, diced in 1/5-inch cubes
1 teasoon minced fresh garlic
Salt and black pepper (optional)
2 cups hot cooked white rice

Sprinkle the chicken evenly with 2 tablespoons of the Poultry Magic (or 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of Meat Magic) and rub it in well. Let stand at room temperature while you dice the vegetables.

Combine the onions, bell peppers and celery in a bowl and set aside.

Combine the remaining Poultry Magic (or Meat Magic) with the flour in a paper or plastic bag. Add the seasoned chicken pieces and shake until the chicken is well coated. Reserve 1/2 cup of the seasoned flour.

Heat 1½ inches of oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat until very hot (375° to 400°), about 6 to 7 minutes. Fry the chicken, skin side down and large pieces first, until the crust is brown on both sides and the meat is cooked, about 5 to 8 minutes per side. You may have to fry the chicken in batches. Drain on paper towels. Carefully pour the hot oil into a heatproof glass measuring cup, leaving some of the brown bits in the pan, then return ½ cup of the hot oil to the pan.

Return the pan to high heat and gradually whisk in the reserved ½ cup seasoned flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until the roux is dark red-brown, about 3½ to 4 minutes, being careful not to let it scorch or splash on your skin. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the vegetables, stirring constantly until the roux stops getting darker. Place the pan over low heat and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the pan bottom well, until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring the stock to a boil in a 5½-quart saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the vegetable mixture by spoonfuls to the boiling stock, stirring between each addition until the roux is dissolved. Return to a boil, stirring and scraping the pan bottom often. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the andouille and garlic, and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring often toward the end of the cooking time.

While the gumbo is simmering, pull the cooked chicken off the bones with your fingers and set it aside. When the gumbo has cooked for 45 minutes, stir in the chicken and adjust the seasoning, if desired, with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. To serve as a main course, mound 1/3 cup cooked rice in the center of a low soup bowl, and ladle about 1¼ cups gumbo around the rice. For an appetizer, place 1 heaping teaspoon cooked rice in a cup and ladle about ¾ cup gumbo on top.

Copyright © 1995 by Paul Prudhomme

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