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Old 09-20-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Cajun Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

My room mate in college was from Villeplatte, La. This is her chicken & sausage gumbo recipe.
Ingredients
1 medium chicken
1 pound smoked sausage
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 Tablespoons onion tops (the green part).
3 Tablespoons parsley
1 bay leaf
2 quarts water
salt, red pepper
Serve with
gumbo file
vinegar

Boil the chicken pieces until cooked. In the meantime make roux by slowly browing 1/2 cup shortening and 3/5 cup flour. Brown sausage and cut into pieces. Bone the chicken. Combine meat with all other ingredients and slowly cook 1 hour. Serve over rice with file and vinegar.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:35 PM   #2
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We'd use the vinegar in one of 2 ways.

Pepper vinegar - a jar of hot peppers in vinegar. Most folks just keep it on the shelf - they don't water bath it, don't refrigerate it. (I guess no cooties are tough enough to live in hot pepper vinegar.)

Or Dad's favorite - Chop or slice raw onions, add salt and black pepper, cover with vinegar. Let sit a few minutes. Put a spoon of vinegar and as many onions as you want in your bowl.

My inlaws don't understand the onion and vinegar thing. Heyyyy, what can I say - it tastes good. They put potato salad in the bowl, along with the rice and gumbo. (geeee EVERYONE knows potato salad goes with barbecue, not gumbo) I am a good wifey and make potato salad with gumbo now but I eat it in a separate bowl, thank you very much!
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
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I think the vinegar makes the onions sweet. Lots of old farmers around here will have a bowl of onions in vinegar on the table when they serve a meal. The onions are sliced.
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