Turkey Bone Gumbo Recipe

From Nola Cuisine

Smart cooks never throw away a chicken carcass, or god forbid, a Thanksgiving Turkey carcass! I always look forward to post Thanksgiving Turkey Bone Gumbo, which is a wonderful way to utilize the meat, carcass, and in my case, dressing. In place of the rice I like to serve this with leftover dressing, which is just incredible with this Thanksgiving flavor packed Gumbo!

Turkey Bone Gumbo Recipe

1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
4 Tbsp Creole Seasoning
1 Cup Onions, diced
1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
1/2 Cup Celery, Diced
1 1/2 Cups Andouille Sausage, cubed
3 Tbsp Garlic, chopped
6 Cups Turkey Stock
3 Fresh Bay Leaves
Leftover Thankgiving Turkey Meat
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
Hot Sauce to taste
Kosher Salt to taste, if necessary
2 Tablespoons Italian Parsley, chopped
1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onions
Leftover Thanksgiving dressing, or Oyster Dressing
Fresh French Bread

Mix your onion, celery, and bell pepper together: The Holy Trinity.
Heat the oil in a cast iron dutch oven over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a milk chocolate colored Roux (making a Roux). Add the Andouille, 1 Tbsp of Seasoning, and 3/4 of the Holy Trinity, cook, stirring often, for about ten minutes or until the vegetables soften. Add the cold stock, remaining seasoning, and Garlic. Bring to a Boil. Bring this down to a simmer and let it go for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. About 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, add the leftover Turkey to the pot. Add the Worcestershire, Hot Sauce, and 1/2 of the Green Onions. Serve with hot leftover dressing, crusty French Bread, and a good cold beer (I like Dixie or Abita Amber).

Garnish with green onions, and the parsley.

For the Turkey Stock:

Break apart the Turkey carcass and cover by 2 inches with cold water in a large stock pot. Slowly bring it up to almost a boil. Skim off any scum and fat that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat and maintain the heat at a bare simmer, continut to skim.

Add:

4 Cups of roughly chopped onion
2 Cups roughly chopped carrot
2 Cups roughly chopped celery
1 Tbsp Black Peppercorns
2 Bay leaves

Simmer for 4-6 hours. In the last hour add, a small bunch of fresh Thyme, 1 bunch of parsley stems. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discard the solids.

Stock freezes wonderfully.

Thanksgiving Related Posts:

Turducken
Oyster Dressing Recipe
Praline Sweet Potato Recipe

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Red Beans and Rice with Chaurice Sausage

From Nola Cuisine Images – (reedited)

Well it’s Monday again, and I made the traditional New Orleans lunch of Red Beans & Rice, this time with a side of Saturday’s Chaurice sausage. As I’ve said in the past, Red Beans & Rice is always fun for me to cook because I change the recipe everytime I make it. This one was probabaly the best batch I’ve made in years, so I’ll honor it with a side of Louis Armstrong singing and playing Basin Street Blues, because Red Beans & Rice just don’t seem right without Louis Armstrong.
I love reading Red Beans & Rice recipes, even though I can whip up a batch in my sleep, I’m forever browsing different recipes for new ideas. Check out my friend Tim’s recipes at Cooking with Herbsaint Absinthe: Red Beans My way and Creole Style Red Beans & Rice.

Here is my latest Moday creation. The recipe:

Red Beans & Rice Recipe with Chaurice Sausage

2 Tbsp Duck Fat
2 Tbsp Creole Seasoning
1 Cup Onion, chopped
1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1/4 Cup Celery, Chopped
1 Cup Andouille Sausage, Cubed
1/2 lb. Small Red Beans (soaked overnight or for at least a few hours)
1 Tbsp Fresh Garlic, Minced
1 Smoked Ham hock
3 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock (You could certainly use water)
3 Fresh Bay Leaves
A bundle of fresh Thyme
2 Tbsp Homemade Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp Crystal Hot sauce
1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce (I learned this from Louis Armstrong’s Recipe)
1 Tbsp Italian Parsley, Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Green Onions, thinly sliced on the bias
1/2 Recipe Creole Boiled Rice

Mix together the Holy Trinity (Onions, Celery, Bell Pepper). Drain the beans.
Melt the duck fat over medium heat.
Add 1/2 of the Holy Trinity, 1 Tbsp of the Creole Seasoning and the Andouille, turn the heat to medium high. Cook this for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables start to get some color.
Add the beans and cook stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
Add the Chicken Stock or Water, Garlic, Bay Leaves, Thyme, Ham hock the remaining Trinity and Creole Seasoning. Bring this to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let this simmer for 2- 2 1/2 Hours. The first hour is low maintenance; an occasional stir and making sure the beans are covered with liquid. The second hour, you want to check back a little more often, the beans will really start to absorb some liquid and you don’t want them to stick.

Remove the Ham hock, trim away any meat and add it back to the pot.
After the beans have cooked for two hours, add the Tomato Sauce, the Parsley and 1/2 of the Green Onions. Make your Rice. Cook the beans for another half hour.

For the Chaurice:
Place the link(s) of Chaurice in a medium sized cast iron skillet. Cover half way with water and bring to a boil. Turn often, as the water evaporates until all that is left in the pan is fat from the sausage. Brown the casings of the sausage in the remaining fat, serve hot.

To Serve:
Remove the Bay Leaves. Mound a half cup of Rice each, onto two serving plates, Cover with a generous helping of the Red Beans, Garnish with the remaining Green Onions. Make sure their is a bottle of hot sauce on the table. Perfect compliments to this meal are a simple vinaigrette salad, a side of Chaurice, Good Crusty French Bread, and your favorite Ice Cold Beer.

As promised, here is the late, great Louis Armstrong performing Basin Street Blues:

More Red Beans & Rice Posts:

Red Beans & Rice Recipe
Red Beans & Rice with Fried Pork Chop
Red Beans & Rice with Louis Armstrong performing Dinah

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Chaurice Sausage

From Nola Cuisine

I made a small batch of Chaurice today to go into tonight’s Gumbo, and as a side for Monday’s Red Beans & Rice. Chaurice sausage is a fresh, highly spiced Creole sausage. For my more in depth post about Chaurice see this post. The one pictured on both posts is today’s batch, using the recipe below. I can’t wait to use it.

Chaurice Sausage Recipe

3 lbs Pork with plenty of fat (I use Boston Butt) Cut into 1 inch cubes
1 Medium Spanish Onion, Chopped
3 Tbsp Fresh Garlic, Minced
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves, Chopped
4 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
4 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Allspice
1 pinch Meat Curing Salt (Optional) (Here is what I use: http://www.butcher-packer.com/pg_curing_dq.htm)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss thoroughly.
Cover and let stand in the refrigerator overnight (this step is optional).
Place all of your grinding equipment in the refrigerator 1 hour before grinding. Using the 1/2″ die for your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients. Alternatively you could finely mince the ingredients in a food processor or by hand. Cook a small patty to taste for seasonings, reseason if necessary. Follow my instructions for Linking Homemade Sausage. I make my Chaurice into about 10 inch lengths. When finished, I vacuum seal the links into individual portions and freeze. They will keep indefinately in the freezer.

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Other Sausage and Seasoning Meat Recipes on Nola Cuisine:

Andouille Sausage
Tasso Recipe
Pickled Pork

Oyster Dressing Recipe

I’m getting geared up for the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving holiday, so I decided to make a Roast Chicken stuffed with Oyster Dressing.

Oyster dressing is wonderfully flavorful, and is a perfect compliment to Roast Chicken or Turkey. This dressing will also compliment Quail, Duck, or even a thick cut Pork Chop with a pocket cut into it.

I used Duck Fat in this recipe along with butter, because quite frankly, it is the nectar of the Gods. If you can’t find Duck fat, you can render your own or just substitute more butter in this recipe. If you do have Duck fat, be sure to also brush it all over whichever bird you’re roasting, as I did, for crispy flavorful skin.

Oyster Dressing Recipe

3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
3 Tbsp Duck Fat
1 Cup Onion, finely diced
3/4 Cup Celery, finely diced
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1/8 Cup Green Onions, sliced
1 Tbsp Fresh Sage, chopped
1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme leaves
1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped
6 Cups French Bread, cubed
1 Dozen Oysters, shucked, drained, and chopped; liquor reserved
2-3 Cups Chicken Stock, hot
Kosher salt, black pepper and Cayenne to taste

Melt the butter and duck fat in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and celery, sweat until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, green onions, sage, parlsey, thyme, and rosemary, cook for 2 minutes. Add the french bread, stir to coat. Add the Oyster liquor and 1 cup of the stock, stirring constantly, then add the stock in 1/2 cup intervals until you have a moist dressing. Stir in the Oysters, cook until they’re just cooked through. Season the dressing to taste with the salt, black pepper and Cayenne.

I stuffed about half of this into the chicken, and the other half I baked in a greased Cast Iron skillet.

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More Oyster Recipes at Nola Cuisine:

Angels on Horseback
Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters
Oysters Bienville
Oyster Omelette
Oysters on the half shell

Thanksgiving Related Posts:

Turducken
Praline Sweet Potatoes
Turkey Bone Gumbo Recipe