Thursday, December 2, 2010

Do You Dutch Oven?? Chicken, Sausage & Fish Gumbo

Cooold weather.....For some reason I just can't get my mind wrapped around it this year...which is unusual cause I normally love it.  I may be becoming the only thirty-something snowbird south of the mid-west.

With cold weather blowing outside, my thoughts turn to comfort food.  Not just any mind you...HOT comfort food.  Boiling, bubbling and simmering away on the stove or in my case dutch oven.  It also helps if the heat is not all temperature inspired if you catch my drift...jalapeno, cayenne, habanero or pick your favorite pepper always liven up the dish.  I don't like to be in pain when eating but if you're not wiping your forehead every so's not hot enough!!

Now I've made gumbo before but never in the dutch oven so there was a bit of preparation involved.  When I first decided to make it I had to dig for the basics.  I had some ginormous (my kids say this all the time) chicken breasts in the fridge along with some very good polish sausage.  Most gumbo's are made with shrimp but I didn't really feel like shrimp this time.  The benefits of being the cook in my house.....or that you get to pick what goes into the pot.. :-)  I did however find some fish in the freezer, caught by my own hand, filleted and anxiously waiting for their culinary debut.

The chicken, sausage and fish were all cooked prior to the gumbo pot to speed the process along.  It was too close to dinner time to have a slow simmer....The ingredients are as follows:

  • 1 - 12" Dutch Oven (or a heavy 6 quart pot)
  • 2 - 3 large chicken breasts
  • 3 links polish sausage
  • 2 lbs fish fillets (I had brown and black bass here)
  • 3 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (diced)  I didn't have any at this time.
  • 1.5 tsp creole seasoning
  • Half cup veg oil
  • Half cup flour
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 - 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced
  • Half tsp dried thyme
  • 4 green onions, sliced (I was out of these)
  • 2 tbs parsley, chopped
  • Cooked rice

Brown and cut up chicken breasts, seasoned with half tsp creole seasoning in 1 -2 TBS of oil.  Set aside.

Cut sausage into thin (1/2" - 3/4") cross-cut pieces and brown in skillet until it starts to blacken.  Pat excess oil dry. 

Fry fish fillets in remaining sausage oil and pat dry.  Combine all meats in dutch oven. 

Heat remaining oil, add flour, cook and stir till roux is deep blonde, do not burn!

Add onions, peppers and celery, and stir. Cook about 3 or 4 min stirring constantly.

Add garlic, broth, tomatoes, seasonings, and meat. Bring to boil and cook about 1 hour, skim fat as needed.

Add green onions and parsley, and salt and pepper to taste, cook for 10 mins longer. Serve over rice.

With some delicious dutch oven cornbread....You're read to eat!!

I was a little short on chicken stock and I had a LOT of meat in there so I added a bottle of my favorite beer to the mix.  For those of you that don't partake, not to worry....the alcohol cooks out entirely but it will give an aromatic to the gumbo in my opinion as well as a great flavor.  Enjoy!!

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Christy said...

Brillant addition of the beer - I bet you do that on purpose next time. I think a little alcohol makes most savory dishes a little better. ;o)
Now that cornbread - that is what has my stomach growling, I want some with butter and strawberry jelly!

a moderate life said...

Oh my GOD jay-man! I am drooling!!! So bookmarking this recipe to try sometime this winter! you rock man! Alex

a moderate life said...

P.s. sharing this on my thoughts on friday link love at a moderate life cause it rocks so much!

girlichef said...

Yum, this sounds fantastic! And you wouldn't be able to tell by looking that it didn't simmer all day. Love all the flavors of the gumbo...even the cornbread makes my tummy growl :D

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

Christy I do put beer in a lot of dishes like that I just don't often tell people. Thanks!

Alex you're far too kind...Thanks!

Heather it was the first time in the Dutch oven and I found some room for improvement. Maybe I'll do a part 2? Thanks!

Also I talked about how much I liked hot peppers and then forgot to list them! Fixed now....

Joanne said...

Hmm maybe it's a grass is always greener kind of thing? Like you love it because you dont' get to experience it much? You can have some of ours if you want it...

I love a good stick-to-your-ribs-but-not-your-thighs kind of meal and this sounds perfect!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

I love love love gumbo -- and especially love the dutch oven factor! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck this week - hope you'll be back every week with a yummy recipe! I love adding beer or wine to lots of dishes... just adds a little pizzazz!

J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

Thanks for the kind words Joanne...and for stopping by!!

Erin it was my pleasure and I plan to be back with lots of tasty recipes....Thanks!!