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Turkey And Sausage Gumbo

After the festivities have finished, the noise has quieted down,
the last verse of Auld Lang Syne sung and the party guests hugged
and wished success for the coming year, it is time for serving
them a thick bowl of gumbo made with the leftover turkey saved
from the Christmas day meal and some of that wonderful smoked
sausage received as a gift. The roux or the gravy like base is
not hard to make and the spicy cayenne pepper can be used
sparingly for those guests suffering from digestion problems.

Gumbo is the African word for okra and when the French settlers
came to Louisiana. They were not able to find the ingredients
for their saffron fish stew or bouillabaisse. Therefore, they
hunted for wild game, fished the rivers, raised poultry and
pigs curing the pork for sausage. Traditionally, large pots of
it were served communally beginning twelve days after Christmas
and ending at the stroke of midnight on Stout Tuesday or Mardi Gras.

The roux:

Into a large non-stick cold skillet, add one tablespoon of light
butter turning up the heat to medium-low letting it slightly brown. Remove the browned butter from the heat and add one tablespoon of flour. Return to the heat stirring the ingredients
constantly until the flour is completely incorporated into the butter. The finished color should be dark like mud.

The Gumbo:
(Serves 4-bowls, or 6-cups)

4-cups turkey, precooked
1-link smoked sausage, sliced
1/2-cup onion, chopped
1/2-cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2-cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2-cup parsley, chopped
3-cloves garlic, finely chopped
1-small can stewed tomatoes, pureed
8-whole okra, fresh or frozen,(rinsed and the tops and bottoms removed)cut into slices
3-cups water
1-cup chicken broth
1/2-tsp cayenne pepper
1/2-tsp salt

1/2-tsp black pepper

Directions: Remove the cooked roux from the heat and add the
chopped onion, the garlic, the peppers and the okra. Stir in the
seasonings and add the water and the chicken broth. Add the turkey and the sausage. Simmer on medium-low and when the ingredients are thickened or stew like add the pureed tomatoes and the parsley. Cook for fifteen more minutes. Ladle over a mound of white rice. Serve with slices of crusty French bread.

Salad for Gumbo:

1-cucumber, peeled and sliced into halves
1-medium ripe avocado, sliced and cut into halves
3-or 4-green onions, sliced
4-sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped
4-stalks celery, cut into pieces-1/2-inches wide
1/2-pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves

Dressing:
2-Tlbs olive oil
1-Tlb red wine vinegar

Directions: Lightly toss the salad ingredients and the dressing
until they are combined.

Cooking since the age of fifteen, the Author has always loved preparing holiday meals.



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