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Cajun Style Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
- 2 pounds shrimp peeled & deveined
- 2 pounds sausage beef, pork or Andouille, quartered and sliced thick
- 2 cups onions chopped
- 2 cups bell pepper chopped
- 2 cups celery chopped
- 1 bunch green onions sliced
- ¾ cup oil
- ¾ cup flour
- 64 ounces chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning used: Tony Chachere's
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce to taste
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves minced
- 2 bay leaves
- ⅓ cup flour
- ⅓ cup water
- 8 cups cooked rice more if desired
- Start off by making a great roux:
- Quarter and dice the Andouille sausage.
- In a large Dutch oven or heavy iron skillet, lightly brown sausage in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or bacon grease.
- When sausage is lightly browned and rendered of fat, remove it to a plate with a slotted spoon and pour drippings in a heatproof measuring cup.
- Fill the cup to the ¾ cup mark with additional vegetable oil, if necessary.
- Return oil mixture back to the pan and heat the oil to almost smoking, over high heat.
- Add ¾ cup of all-purpose, flour all at once to the oil, whisking constantly.
- Lower heat to medium-low and continue whisking until the roux turns chocolate / copper in color.
- Add onions and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown and roux gets darker in color, but not black and burned. (If there are any black bits or burned parts in your roux, you have to start over.)
- Add the celery, bell pepper, and garlic and sauté lightly, making sure not to burn the garlic.
- Add the Cajun seasoning, Tabasco, and cayenne pepper at this time. Stir often and scrape the pan bottom as needed. Add ½ of the chicken broth. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the bay leaves, salt, onion powder and thyme.
- Add the sausage and the remaining chicken broth.
- Combine ⅓ cup flour with ⅓ cup water and mix until smooth, making a slurry.
- Stir in slurry to gumbo to thicken, stirring well.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Next, add the shrimp and green onions and simmer about 5 minutes until shrimp are pink. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
- Serve over hot cooked rice.