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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Results

BillyVBillyV Posts: 16
edited 10:35PM in EggHead Forum
I think my first attempt turned out quite tasty. But I'm at a disadvantage. I've never had gumbo before. So, I'm not really sure what a true gumbo chef would have thought. And, it seems to me, that the roux is key. I didn't scourch it but was it cooked long enough? It wasn't quite as dark as "cocoa". Bottom line, we liked it.
Thanks for the help,


  • Chef WilChef Wil Posts: 702
    try cooking your roux to a slight darker color than peanut butter, after you add the onions and peppers, it will darken because of carmelization to a cocoa color. Just lower your fire source while stirring in veggies and let it cook.

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 21,750
    Chef Wil, have you tried freezing the gumbo. i liked it so much poured over bisciits, pancakes and beef hash, that i would like to bring a batch of precooked gumbo on a camping trip.
  • BillyV,
    The Roux is the key- its what makes it thicken.
    Scorching the roux doesn't usually happen from overcooking- but rather not stirring. I'v always made roux with very high heat and very quick, continuous stirring. There are several levels of coloring a roux can have.Traditionally a light roux is used with dark meats such as beef and duck. A dark roux is used with sweet, light meats such as pork, rabbit and veal, and also with fish and shellfish. And a black roux is best for gumbo.
    This is how I make my roux. . .
    In large heavy skillet, heat oil to smoking. Using a long-handled metal whisk or wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour, whisking constantly. (If black specs appear in the roux as it cooks, it has burned and cannot be used. If you feel it's getting away from you, remove it from the heat until you have control of it.) Continue whisking until roux reaches the desired color (medium-brown shown here). Immediately remove from heat to stop the cooking process.

  • Chef WilChef Wil Posts: 702
    gumbo freezes well as long as you have a good thick container or freezer bags.

  • don't count on that...heavy pans hold heat a looooong time. will never forget the time that i ruined a perfectly good batch of roux that way...grrrrrrrrrrr[p]be careful how vigorously you stir...they don't call it "cajun napalm" for nothing.[p]wanting gumbo now..mmm
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