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Weeziana Girl Gumbo

Weeziana Girl Gumbo

Denise Boutte is making a a delicious gumbo with shrimp, turkey, sausage and smoked oysters.
Ingredients for Dark Roux
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (Okra Oil is alternative)
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour (Brown Rice Flour is alternative)
Ingredients for Gumbo
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 lbs. medium shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Weeziana Girl Low Sodium
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 smoked turkey drumsticks
  • 1 can smoked oysters
  • 1/4 cup dried shrimp (ground into powder form)
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 3 breast halves) chopped
  • 2 pounds smoked chicken sausage, halved, then sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Turkey Tasso, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley leaves  
  • 2 cups sliced green onions
  • 2 pounds crab legs  (blue, snow, etc…)
  • Cooked rice for serving (optional)


Directions

• For Roux, in heavy-bottom Dutch oven combine equal parts oil and flour. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it turns color of caramel, approximately 30 minutes. DO NOT BURN!

• Add chicken stock while whisking briskly. Simmer over medium-low heat.

• Peel (save shells) and devein shrimp. In separate bowl mix shrimp, olive oil, Weeziana Girl
and garlic powder. Cover and place in refrigerator.

• Place shells in small saucepan and fill with water until covered. Once boiling, turn down to
low simmer. Cook 15-20 minutes. Add stock only, to Dutch oven.

• Now for the Coup De Grâce, a.k.a. Secret weapon, a.k.a. Smoked Turkey Legs! Special Thanks
to T-Peg, for upping my Gumbo game by showing me the beauty that is smoked turkey and
smoked oysters. Delish!

• Add dried shrimp and smoked oysters.

• Increase heat to medium.

• Chop then add onions, celery, bell peppers, fresh garlic and garlic powder.

• While flavor tango commences in Dutch oven, rough chop chicken thighs into bight-size
chunks, season with remaining Weeziana Girl, garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

• Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add seasoned
chicken thighs and sausage, stirring often until well browned, about 10 minutes. Once
removed from pot, set aside to cool while proceeding to sauté shrimp for 7 minutes. Set
aside.

• The longer you cook, the better! Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer,
uncovered for 2 hours.

• Once 1 hour of cook-time remains, add diced Tasso, browned chicken thighs and sausage,
parsley and green onions (or as we Louisiana folk call them, Onion Tops).

• Prepare rice, according to directions.

• By now, smoked turkey legs are “fall-off-bone ready.” Remove from pot with slotted spoon.
Detach delectable chunks of meat from skin, center bone and smaller bone chards.
Reintroduce meat chunks to Dutch oven. Discard scraps.

• Once ½ hour of cook-time remains, add Crab legs and sautéed shrimp.

• Enjoy as is or spoon over cooked rice.

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