Fresno Smoked Sausage And Lentil Gumbo

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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3/4 pound smoked sausage
1/3 cup salad oil
1/3 cup flour
4 stalks celery -- chopped fine
30 milliliters garlic -- minced
2 medium onions -- diced
2 large carrots -- chopped fine
2 quarts chicken broth
1 3/4 cups lentils
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Preparation / Directions:

In a 5 to 7 quart pan, over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring, until brow. Spoon from pan; reserve. Add oil to drippings in pan to make 1/3 cup fat. Add flour; stir until mixture is red brown, about 10 minutes. Add celery, garlic, onion and carrots; cook, stirring until vegetables begin o soften, about 3 minutes. Add reserved sausage, chicken broth lentils, Worcestershire, pepper and cayenne. Bring to boiling over high heat; reduce to simmer, cover and cook until lentils are soft when pressed, about 40 minutes. Source: Sunset Magazine; March 1987 Mrs. Anne Dobrinen, Fresno California

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