When the weather is cold, we don’t know about you, but we tend to crave homely, stodgy dishes, and they don’t come more homely than a nice, steaming bowl of gumbo.

A popular stew in the southern states of America, usually incorporating okra (ladyfingers), this recipe includes sausages and prawns for extra filling, and is perfect for a winter dinner with the family.

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Shrimp and sausage Gumbo

Dish of the week: Shrimp and sausage Gumbo
Image Credit: www.123rf.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds unpeeled, large fresh shrimp
  • 2 (32-ounce) containers chicken broth
  • 1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • Hot cooked rice

 

Method

Peel shrimp, reserving shells, and de-vein, if desired. Set meat aside.

Combine shrimp shells and chicken broth in a large oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding shells. Set broth aside, and keep warm.

Cook sausage in an oven over medium heat until browned. Remove sausage; set aside. Measure drippings, adding enough oil to measure 1/2 cup. Cook oil mixture and flour in oven over medium-low heat about 35 to 40 minutes, whisking constantly, until roux is chocolate coloured.

Stir in onion and next three ingredients; cook for seven minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Gradually stir in warm broth; bring mixture to a boil. Stir in bay leaves and next four ingredients; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in shrimp, sausage, and green onions; cook five to seven minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Discard bay leaves. Serve over hot rice.

Recipe by: Coastal Living / MyRecipes

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