Monday, February 8, 2010

Gumbo Ya-Ya from Commander's Palace

The farmers market has posted the recipe and ... yum! Can't wait to make it soon! (Posting it here as written in case it disappears off the internet before I can make it - and I doubt I'd change this much at all. I might add okra because I love it so much - but it's not necessary with the roux AND file. I made my first roux during the NFC Championship game, and my New Orleans native host said I make a damn fine roux especially for a girl from Alaska.


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 2-1/2-pound chicken, cut into quarters
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup sifted flour, divided
  • 4 large or 5 small onions, diced
  • 1 medium bunch celery, cleaned and diced
  • 4 bell peppers (green or red), diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 5 fresh cayenne peppers, diced
  • 1 pinch dried basil
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 pinch dried thyme
  • 2 quarts cold water or stock
  • 1-1/2 pounds andouille sausage, sliced (or any spicy smoked sausage; I also use alligator sausage when available.)
  • 1 tablespoon filé powder
  • Louisiana hot sauce
  • hot cooked white rice
  • chiffonade of green onions (for garnish)


Heat oil in a pot over high heat for about 5 minutes or until oil is smoking. (Watch carefully.) Season chicken heavily with salt and pepper; dust with about 1/4 cup flour (shake off excess flour). Sear floured chicken in hot oil until golden brown, about 1 minute on first side. Turn and sear 2 minutes on second side. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Heat oil to smoking point again. Slowly add remaining flour to make a roux, cooking and stirring constantly for about 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is the color of chocolate. (Scraping the sides and bottom of the pot while constantly stirring is the key to a good roux. Be careful not to burn it because if you do, you will need to start over.) When roux has reached the desired color, add onions; cook for 1 minute. Add celery and cook for 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot; cook for 1 minute. Stir in garlic and then add bay leaves, cayenne pepper, basil, oregano, and thyme. Add a touch of salt and black pepper. Slowly add water or stock, stirring constantly. Add seared chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat and simmer for about 3-1/2 hours. Skim off excess fat. When chicken falls off all of the bones, remove the bones from the pot. Return to a boil. Add filé, stirring vigorously to avoid clumping; continue stirring until filé is dissolved. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Finish with Louisiana style hot sauce of your choice and taste. Adjust seasoning as necessary—don’t be afraid to spice this up! Serve over rice and garnish with green onions.

Serves 10-12

Recipe compliments of Jamie Shannon, Commander’s Palace

1 comment:

  1. OH yummm! Gumbo sounds so good! I hvae no idea how to make file nor roux (other than mix flour and butter, but it's not that good), so I'm impressed. Mmm. Must have your gumbo one day! And wait - you could totally freeze it to eat another day too, right? Bonus! =)