Wow! Wow! Wow! What a week it’s been!!! Holy Super Bowl win for the Denver Bronco’s! I’m not sure I have been as nervous as I was watching the game. I seriously had my sweater pulled over my face for the entire game!! What a cool birthday gift and a huge win for our great city! So I guess when it rains it pours and this week was no no exception. Super Bowl, the Bronco’s parade, Fat Tuesday and now Valentines Day all in one week! What’s a food blogger to do? Usually holidays and big events are spread out so I can adjust my posts for the theme but not this week, so I chose Fat Tuesday over Valentines. There is a reason for my madness though, so let me tell y’all!
Tuesday. What a day. Our city scheduled the celebration parade for our Super Bowl win very quickly! I’m not sure how they handled the logistics as well as they did. Seriously, our local band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters even showed up for a concert at 10 am at Civic Center Park! I’m still in awe and the chill bumps are starting to fade. So get this. Colorado has roughly five million people who live here and over one million people showed up to watch the parade. There were no fights, no vandalism and only one person was arrested. (Can you imagine being “that” guy)? How do you have so many people in one place at one time and everyone was so well behaved? I guess that’s Colorado for ya. Good friendly people who get along with each other. Kinda brings a tear to your eye!
Anyway, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo… So last summer I sold a condo to a gal that I met on the airplane down to NOLA. We remained friends and I became her Realtor. She ended up falling in love her place downtown for two reasons, one, it’s a cool historic art deco building and two, the building is next to the best Cajun restaurant in town! (She grew up in NOLA). Her condo happens to be on 17th street which was the parade route for all the festivities. So you get where I’m going here. Parade, Fat Tuesday… We met at Bayou Bob’s for a pre-parade hurricane and then ran over to her place to watch it. It was pretty cool hanging out a window to watch the parade and not having to deal with all the crowds! Once all the people cleared out, we headed back over to Bob’s for more hurricanes, live music, crawfish and gumbo! I love Gumbo and decided that I had to make it this week! So here you go… Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I told ya I had a reason for all this! 🙂
Now we get back to reality in Denver…
- 2 cups onion, diced (1 large onion)
- 2 cups celery, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
- 1 pound boneless chicken breast, diced
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2-3 tbs hot sauce (I use[url href=”http://” target=”_blank”]Louisiana Brand[/url]Hot Sauce)
- 2-3 tbs creole seasoning
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups Chicken broth
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
- 2 tsp gumbo file powder
- Green onions, sliced for garnish
- Rice, cooked per package directions
- In a large dutch oven on medium heat cook the sausage for about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Do not drain the fat that was released when cooking the sausage.
- In the same pot add the chicken and brown. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. When browned remove and set aside.
- In the same pot, on medium heat, add the oil and flour and whisk together constantly for 15-20 minutes until the desired color that you want for your roux. I stopped at 17 minutes for a medium “chocolate” color.
- Add the onions, celery, green pepper and garlic to the roux and cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables become soft.
- Add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, thyme, creole seasoning, bay leaves and chicken broth to the roux and stir to combine well.
- Add the sausage, chicken and green onions, cover and simmer for 1 hour until it becomes thick, stirring occasionally.
- When ready to serve add the Gumbo File Powder to thicken it up a little more.
- Serve with prepared rice and more green onion slices.