Chicken Okra Gumbo With Sausage

Course : Cajun
Serves: 12
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Ingredients:

3 large chickens -- cut up 4 lb. each
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds sliced okra
1/2 cup flour
1 gallon water
3 ounces kosher smoked sausage
1 pound chicken gizzards -- cut up
2 medium onion -- chopped
1/4 medium bell pepper -- chopped
1 whole bulb garlic chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon sugar
6 ounces tomato paste
3 large tomatoes OR
1 can whole tomatoes -- (16 oz.)
2 pieces bay leaves
1 dash thyme
1 tablespoon gumbo file
1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
 

Preparation / Directions:

Brown chicken pieces in some of the oil; remove from pot. Brown okra and remove from pot. Add remainder of oil and flour, stirring constantly until roux is a rich brown. Add okra and water to roux, blending well. Add chicken, sausage, gizzards, and remaining ingredients except file'. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. Stir in file' during the last 1/2 hr. of cooking. Serve with hot cooked rice in soup bowl


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