Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gumbo Night

Tonight was Gumbo night! Well actually, it was supposed to be Tuesday night....but there was a small duck fiasco. So tonight....chicken and sausage gumbo. The perfect end to a cold, wet day.

1 cup flour
1 cup oil
green onions
4 chicken bouillon cubes
13 cups water
chicken, sausage, or any meat you choose!
ground red pepper
ground black pepper

This recipe might drive people who enjoy precise measurements crazy. This was a freestyle cooking night for us. To cook our chicken, I heated oil in the bottom of a stock pot. Season the chicken with Tony's and cook in the hot oil, flipping every few minutes. You can add garlic to the pot if you want.

While the chicken is cooking, you can start the roux....the magic ingredient in gumbo. Heat the oil over medium heat. Slowly add the flour and stir constantly for 20-30 minutes until the roux is a chocolate brown. You have to be careful to stir constantly over medium heat...or the roux will burn.

Once the roux is brown, add the bell pepper, celery, onion, and garlic and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Once the chicken is done, remove from the pot and add 13 cups water. Bring water to a boil and add the roux and veggie mix, sausage, chicken bouillon, and peppers. Simmer, uncovered for 1 hour and 45 minutes. We wanted to eat earlier than midnight, so we simmered ours covered for 30 minutes. Cut the chicken up, add it to the pot, and simmer for an additional 45 minutes. Add green onions and salt to taste and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

I have a new art project! Our pediatric outpatient therapy unit recently moved to a new location and the walls are desperately empty. So.....I'm working on a collection of sea themed paintings. I'm only making one for now so I can get the approval of my fellow therapists. And if they don't like my whale painting, then I guess it's going above the couch:)

Words of wisdom for this week come from my brother-in-law, Danny Boy. He called last night with a question about doubling the rice in a Mexican rice recipe to go with his chicken fajitas. He called later to inform me that cooking 3 cups of rice is a bad idea. Turns out he tripled the rice. I guess he didn't realize how much rice expands...

So when cooking rice, remember, less is more. Happy Grey's Anatomy Night!

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