Rooster and Andouille Gumbo

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Every week this tumble we’ll revisit a recipe from final yr’s Joy the Baker Magazine with fresh guidelines, systems and insights.  Potentially the most stylish mission of my holiday journal will hit grocery retailer shelves nationwide (and in Canada!) November 1st!  This week, let’s make Rooster and Andouille Gumbo.   So many hours and so principal pure admire goes genuine into a pot of gumbo – mastering your hang pot is a lifestyles skill that can no longer be underestimated.  

For my first few years residing in Original Orleans I wasn’t obvious I became allowed to make gumbo, let alone write about it.  Gumbo is the instruct cuisine of Louisiana but more than that, it feels admire a sacred dish, from it’s preparation to the draw it’s loved. 

Gumbo, admire so many other deeply Southern dishes, derives it’s deliciousness from so many of the cultures that known as South Louisiana home.  The name gumbo is derived from a west African be aware for orka, a genuinely vital ingredient to the soup.  Completely different ingredients admire filé are acknowledged to comprise originated from the Choctaw. The presence of a roux in gumbo may be very French certainly. 

Gumbo is largely the most democratic food. Gumbo is all americans’s. 

It became with cautious admire that space out to make my first darkish roux and gumbo.  Even within the occasion you spend hours over a pot of gumbo, layering ingredients and flavors, it doesn’t in truth feel admire your gumbo.  Gumbo is repeatedly an offering.  One bowl is for the next one who knocks on the door, two bowls are for the neighbors down the skill, and a giant quart will ranking its skill to christen a friend’s fresh home. 

This Rooster and Andouille Gumbo creates a warmth that’s supposed to be shared and you genuinely feel that with every passing race of the roux spoon.  

I invite you to offer your self a day to make your first pot of gumbo.  This recipe became my first gumbo and I suspect it’s a spacious entry into this sacred house.  This recipe is frivolously tailored from Donald Hyperlink, one amongst Original Orleans’ most revered cooks.  The foremost, I ranking, in embarking to your first pot of gumbo is to comprise the scamper. Gumbo takes TIME.   Have confidence the directions and comprise faith that it may well well draw collectively. Gumbo doesn’t style admire gumbo till the full simmering has ancient you determined out.  You’ll witness. With every pot you make you ranking closer and closer to the divine. 

This recipe starts by frying rooster items in full, rendering that flavorful rooster full.  We’ll use that rooster full to make a most flavorful roux.  This extra step makes for basically the most scrumptious gumbo defective. Now simmer away.

See also Original Orleans Crimson Beans and Rice. Crimson Beans and Rice Nachos and Gumbo Poutine.


Rooster and Andouille Gumbo

A rich and comforting Louisiana classic.

  • Creator: Joy the Baker
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: about 5 hours
  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (3 1/2–4 lb.) complete rooster, lower into 8 items
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground sunless pepper
  • kosher salt, to style
  • 2 cups all-reason flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon filé powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 1 inexperienced bell pepper, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeds eliminated and minced
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 12 cups rooster stock
  • 1 lb. andouille, halved and sliced
  • 12 oz. okra, trimmed and sliced ½ budge thick
  • Sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Cooked white rice or potato salad, for serving


  1. Heat 1 1/4 cups oil in an 8-qt. Dutch oven till a deep-fry thermometer reads about 350°.
  2. Season rooster with 1 tsp. sunless pepper and a beneficiant quantity of salt. Toss with 1/2 cup flour, coating frivolously. Working in batches, fry rooster till golden. The rooster doesn’t ought to be entirely cooked by.  Cook to golden and prepare dinner to render the rooster full.  Switch to paper towels to empty.
  3. Lower warmth to medium-low and add final 1 1/2 cups flour to Dutch oven with oil.  Bound till delicate. Cook, whisking generally, till color of roux is darkish chocolate, 1–1 1/2 hours. You’ll have to terminate on high of the roux, whisking very generally the darker the roux gets.  We have to ranking to a uncomfortable roux with out burning it.
  4. Add final  1 1/2 teaspoons sunless pepper, the chile and filé powders, cayenne, white pepper, paprika, garlic, celery, bell pepper, poblano, and onion to the darkish roux. Cook till soft, 10–12 minutes. Add stock, lengthen warmth to medium and bring to a boil.
  5. Minimize warmth to medium-low and prepare dinner the roux and vegetable mixture, stirring every every so often and skimming full as wanted, till a minute bit thickened, about 30 minutes.
  6. Add reserved rooster items; prepare dinner till rooster is cooked by, about 45 minutes.
  7. Add andouille and prepare dinner till rooster is falling off the bone, about an additional 1 hour.
  8. The use of tongs, switch rooster to a cutting board and let icy a minute bit; shred, discarding skin and bones, and return to pot.
  9. Heat final 2 tablespoons of oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-excessive. Cook okra till golden brown and a minute bit crisp, 8–10 minutes, then race into gumbo; prepare dinner for 15 minutes. Garnish with scallions and lend a hand with rice or frigid potato salad.


I’ve made a roux GF by utilizing sorghum flour. The feel is correct a minute more grainy but it’s an very reliable option within the occasion you’re gluten-free!

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