African-Creole Turkey Gumbo

This thick dish of shrimp, sausage, and chicken begins with a dark roux (ROO), flour and fat cooked slowly over low heat to the color (light to dark) specified in the recipe. Spicy and served over rice, gumbo is a mainstay to serve on holidays.



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Servings: 10
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
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Ingredients
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    1   pound 
    fresh or frozen medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
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    3   cups 
    fresh or frozen cut okra, thawed (12 ounces)
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    2   tablespoons 
    cooking oil
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    1   tablespoon 
    sugar
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    1   tablespoon 
    vinegar
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    2/3  cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  cup 
    cooking oil
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped onion
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    1/4  cup 
    chopped celery
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    1/4  cup 
    chopped green sweet pepper
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    1   clove 
    garlic, minced
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    crushed red pepper
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    paprika
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    dried thyme, crushed
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    black pepper
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    ground red pepper
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    4   cups 
    reduced-sodium chicken broth
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    1/3  cup 
    tomato paste
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    1   
    bay leaf
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    6   ounces 
    cooked andouille or smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
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    1   cup 
    chopped cooked turkey or chicken
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    4   ounces 
    cooked crabmeat, cut into bite-sized pieces (optional)
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    1   tablespoon 
    creamy peanut butter
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    3/4  teaspoon 
    file powder (gumbo file)
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    5   cups 
    cooked rice

Directions
1.
Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Rinse shrimp and pat dry; set aside.
2.
Cook okra in the 2 tablespoons oil and sugar in a saucepan about 8 minutes or until almost tender. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and set aside.
3.
For roux, stir together flour and the 1/2 cup oil in a heavy 4-quart Dutch oven until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a long-handled wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir constantly 10 to 15 minutes more or until roux is a dark reddish-brown. Stir in onion, celery, green pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, paprika, thyme, black pepper, and ground red pepper (or Cajun seasoning, if using). Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
4.
Gradually stir broth into roux mixture. Stir in tomato paste and bay leaf. Bring mixture to boiling. Add shrimp. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Stir in sausage, turkey, crab meat (if using), cooked okra, peanut butter, and file powder. Heat through. Discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over hot cooked rice. Pass hot pepper sauce. Garnish with fresh marjoram sprigs, if desired. Makes 10 main-dish servings.
Note
  • * For convenience, use 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning in place of the crushed red pepper, paprika, thyme, black pepper, and ground red pepper.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 415, Fat, total (g) 22, chol. (mg) 77, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 37, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 18, vit. A (RE) 92.72, vit. C (mg) 14.76, sodium (mg) 501, calcium (mg) 50.48, iron (mg) 3.96, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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