Kielbasa and Chicken Gumbo
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 lb kielbasa, or smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch slices
- 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 12 oz can tomato juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, cut up
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups okra, sliced or 10 oz package frozen cut okra, thawed
- 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1/8 tsp ground allspice
- 1 lb shrimp, medium, peeled and deveined
- 1 tsp file powder, (optional)
- cooked rice, (optional)
- In a Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp; remove. Drain and crumble on paper toweling; set aside. Cook kielbasa and chicken in hot bacon drippings until chicken is browned. Remove kielbasa and chicken, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in Dutch oven.
- Add flour to drippings; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 12-15 minutes or until a reddish-brown roux forms.
- Gradually stir in tomato juice and water. Add tomatoes and bouillon, stirring well. Add kielbasa, chicken, tomato sauce, okra, onion, green pepper, bay leaves, salt, red pepper and allspice; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves. Stir in file powder and bacon; mix well. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.
Ingredient Note: File powder is an integral part of Creole cooking. The seasonings is made in part from the dried ground leaves of the sassafras tree and has a woodsy flavor similar to root beer.
Serving Suggestion: Adjust seasonings for your family and serve over a bed of hot cooked rice and with a sweet cornbread.
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