Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo with a dark roux, vegetables, chicken, sausage, and shrimp! Served warm over rice.
We lived by some really fun neighbors in the first house we lived in in Park City. The Dad was from New Orleans and you always knew a special occasion was coming when he started preparations for a big pot of gumbo! The day my mom got the recipe from him was a life changing day for our family!
Seriously, this Gumbo is definitely in my top 3 favorite meals my mom makes. And this recipe is totally authentic. Nothing tastes better on a cold winter day. We make a huge pot and enjoy it for days!
What’s the difference between gumbo and jambalaya?
Jambalaya is primarily a rice dish (think paella) while gumbo is more of a stew that is thickened with a roux and made with chicken, sausage, and/or seafood.
Make the roux first.
The key to a great gumbo is the roux! With only two ingredients–flour and oil– you probably have everything you need. The important part is to cook it, stirring constantly, until it becomes dark, dark brown almost like mud, or chocolate.
You have to be careful to stir it constantly, on medium low heat, so that you don’t burn it. It’s easy, but takes patience. The darker the roux, the richer the flavor!
To make this recipe even easier, you can make the roux several days in advance. Allow it to cool, put it in a large ziplock bag, and refrigerate it for a few days.
When you’re ready to make your gumbo, start by chopping all the vegetables. As you probably have gathered, I love making recipes that use lots of fresh produce and real ingredients!
I love the freshness from the green bell pepper, onion, celery and parsley. You can also add okra, if you want. Add it at the same time as the other vegetables.
I lay them in a single layer and flip each one over individually, to make sure they all get nice and brown on both sides.
Consider trying these similar recipes:
- One Pan Jambalaya
- Caribbean Jerk Chicken Bowls
- Mongolian Beef
- BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowls
Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo
For the Roux:
- 1 heaping cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
For the Gumbo:
- 1 bunch celery , diced, leaves and all
- 1 green bell pepper , diced
- 1 large yellow onion , diced
- 1 bunch green onion , finely chopped
- 1 bunch fresh parsley leaves , finely chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1-2 Tablespoons Cajun seasonings (*see note)
- 6-8 cups Homemade chicken broths
- 12 ounce package andouille sausages , sliced into 'coins' (substitute Polska Kielbasa if you can't find a good Andouille)
- Meat from 1 Rotisserie Chicken*
- 2 cups Shrimps , pre cooked
- cooked white rice for serving
For the Roux*:
- In a large, heavy bottom stock pot combine flour and oil. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring constantly for 30-45 minutes. This part takes patience--when it's finished it should be as dark as chocolate and have a soft, "cookie dough" like consistency. Be careful not to let it burn! Feel free to add a little more flour or oil as needed to reach this consistency.
- In a separate skillet on medium-high heat place the sausage slices in one layer in the pan. Brown them well on one side (2-3 minutes) and then use a fork to flip each over onto the other side to brown. Remove to a plate.
- Add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth to the hot skillet that had the sausage to deglaze the pan. Pour the broth and drippings into your large soup pot.
- Add remaining 5 1/2 cups of chicken broth. Add veggies, parsley, and roux to the pot and stir well.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly tender. (Skim off any foam that may rise to the top of the pot.) Stir in cajun seasoning, to taste. Add chicken, sausage, and shrimp.
- At this point taste it and add more seasonings to your liking--salt, pepper, chicken bullion paste, garlic, more Joe's stuff or more chicken broth--until you reach the perfect flavor. Serve warm over rice. (Tastes even better the next day!)
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