Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Wednesday, Sep 19 2012 

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We had some cool weather this weekend so I decided to make gumbo! It’s the perfect food to warm you up, and it can feed a lot of people. I cook it for my husband, son and myself and we can eat on it about 3-4 times. It takes about 3-4 hours to cook, but it’s worth it!

Ingredients;
1/8-1/4 yellow onion finely chopped
Roux (I use Savoie’s, but you can make your own)
Water
Seasoning (I just use salt and pepper)
1 package sausage (sliced)
3 chicken breasts (cubed)
Cooked rice

-Sautée onion in large pot until clear
-Add roux (about 1/2 – 1 cup). Heat on medium/high until soft/melted. STIR
-Add hot water until pot is almost full.
-Bring to a boil and stir constantly until Roux is completely dissolved.
-Continue to boil for an hour. STIR. You don’t want it to stick to the pot. Continue to add water as it thickens. You want it to be “watery”- soup like.
-Add sliced sausage and boil for another hour. Continue to add water as it thickens.
-Season… I “just put.”
-Add chicken and cook for another 30-45 minutes. You can lower the temperature a little if you’d like. Continue to add water if needed.
-Taste and season to your liking.
-Serve over rice.

Enjoy!

(I forgot to take pictures in the process, but I will add them next time I cook this..)

Let me know if you have any questions.. I’ll be happy to help!

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Red beans and rice. Sunday, Sep 9 2012 

My son, Landon, used to call this, “Ra Ra rice”. He actually still does even though he can pronounce it correctly now.

This is one of my favorite things to cook.. It’s so cheap and easy! It doesn’t take too much attention, but you do have to watch it.

I have never cooked for more than 4 people. I am sure my Granny and Mom use three to four times as much ingredients as I do. They like to cook for the whole town, but so do most Cajuns. This recipe makes enough for my family of three to eat it twice. Sometimes, I just add more beans on the day we have it for leftovers.

I open my three cans of red kidney beans (two dark, one light) with my non-electric can opener, Ahem, I could use an electric one., and empty them into my pot..

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Then, I cut up my sausage. I prefer Savoie’s mild pork, but they don’t sell that here in NC. So, I settle for whatever I can find. I have used turkey, but it gives it a little bit of a different flavor. I just use one package of sausage and slice it…

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And add the sausage to my pot… along with as much water as I can fit. Turn the burner on high. I also put my rice cooking at this point. I cook three cups of medium grain rice in a rice cooker.

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Don’t forget to cut up some sausage for the kitties.. (My Mom’s poodle, Fifi, starts crying for her sausage as soon as she pulls out her electric can opener. It’s pretty ridiculous.)

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Now for the seasoning. I just add salt and pepper. I don’t know how much. I “just put some”. This is how my Granny taught me to do it, and so that’s what I do. I haven’t ruined a meal yet!

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STIR, STIR, STIR. You don’t have to stir constantly, and I don’t.. I take a break and poor myself a glass of wine. (;

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Bring it to a boil…

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I let mine boil for about 20 minutes or so, OR until it starts to thicken. Then, I bring the temperature down to about medium. REMEMBER TO STIR… Or it will stick to the pot.. and that’s not fun. I cook it for about another 20 minutes or so adding water if I feel like it’s getting too thick too fast. Then, I bring the temperature down to almost low and let it thicken to my liking. It’s not “supposed” to be watery at all. I don’t know if you can tell in the photo or not..

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I leave it on low until my rice is done. And then we eat.. after moving a kitty from my chair.

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YUM!!

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Red beans and Rice
Ingredients;
3 cans of kidney beans
1 package of sausage
Salt
Pepper
Rice

Add beans, sliced sausage, and water to a pot. Season with salt and pepper. Boil for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring heat down to medium and cook for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring heat down to low and allow to thicken. Serve over rice.

Any questions? Leave a comment and I can help.

I’d love to hear your favorite, easy, “go-to” dish. I’m always looking for new recipes to try!

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