We are days away from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and because food plays such a big part of the celebration it only seems natural to celebrate with food! You are going to want to make this Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo a part of your party!! It is full of flavor, with sausage and potatoes in the mix too, and it's so easy to make. It takes some time, but it is well worth the time!
Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo
1 large Onion, coarsely chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
1 cup Celery, thinly sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 cup Peanut Oil
3/4 cup Flour
1 (48 oz) container Chicken Broth
2 pounds boneless Chicken Breasts
1 pound Andouille Sausage
1 pound Shrimp (med size)
3 pounds Red Potatoes
1 tablespoon Peanut Oil
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup crumbled Bacon
Chop the onion, red pepper and celery. It can be a rough chop. I used a mandoline to slice the celery, and it worked great.
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the flour a little at a time, whisking constantly as you add it. Continue whisking for 15-18 minutes until the flour mix turns to a caramel color. Then reduce the heat to low, still whisking continuously until the mix turns to a milk chocolate color and becomes smooth.
Take temperature back to medium. Add the onions, peppers, celery minced garlic and seasoning. Mix together. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Cut chicken into chunks. Slice sausage into 1/4" wide pieces.
Add chicken broth, sausage and chicken to pot. Increase to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 hour 30 minutes or until chicken is done.
The chicken needs to be shredded. You can do it by leaving the chicken in the pot, or you can pull it out, shred it and return it to the pan. Using two forks pulling opposite one another makes it easy to shred.
Peel and devein the shrimp. Add to the pot to cook for 3-4 minutes. Mix the red potatoes, oil, and salt together in a bowl. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Quarter the potatoes and place on baking sheet to cook for 40-45 minutes.
Place potatoes into bottom of bowl.
Spoon in gumbo. Top with chopped bacon.
Enjoy your tasty gumbo!
Thanks so much for joining me in this celebration of Mardi Gras, and thank you to Marion from Life Tastes Good. Scroll down a bit to see more yummy Mardi Gras food recipes from Sunday Supper family members.
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