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Chicken-and-Okra Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (about)
  • 1 large white onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 large celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 6 ounces andouille links, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons prepared jerk paste or 1 tablespoon ground jerk seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon smoked hot paprika
  • 3/4 pound fresh okra, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • One 3 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken-meat shredded, skin and bones discarded
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Tabasco
  • Steamed rice, for serving
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Recipe

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, whisk the flour with 1/2 cup of oil until smooth. Cook the roux over moderately low heat, whisking often, until deep brown, about 1 hour. Keep stirring during this time, but you can also us the time to shred your chicken and chop your vegetables.

Add the onion, celery, bell peppers and garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 20 minutes.

Gradually add the stock to the casserole, whisking until smooth. Add the andouille, bay leaves, jerk paste, thyme and paprika and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the okra to the casserole and simmer until tender, 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken meat and season the gumbo with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Discard the bay leaves, ladle the gumbo over rice, garnish with the scallions and serve with Tabasco.

Adapted from Food and Wine

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