…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? There are 1001 gumbo recipes and I’ve tested and tasted a lot of them. There is no such thing as bad gumbo—just some gumbos are better than others. This recipe is traditional, very simple and a breeze in an Instant Pot. In addition to spicy andouille sausage, it’s full of chicken, shrimp, tomatoes, and other great veggies. It is wonderfully creamy with a pungent sauce. This is the original bowl of Cajun comfort food.
The most important ingredient is the roux. It’s not complicated even though it does sound French. It‘s just equal measures of butter and flour. Any home meal provider can learn how to make a brown roux first time out. It comes down to patience: you must keep whisking, continuously and slowly, until the roux is a rich, caramel color and full of brown butter and toasted flour flavor.
Gumbo is the perfect one-pot, one-bowl meal. It’s loaded with all the proteins and veggies you could want. And the sauce… that beautiful sauce is for the rice and a nice piece of crusty bread to sop it up.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes (all in including the roux)
Yield: 8 servings
2 cups dry white rice
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 bell diced peppers, (any colors—orange, green, red or purple)
3 stalks of diced celery
1 medium diced yellow or red onion
12 ounces andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
5-ounces chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2-1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1-1/2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce (Tabasco work well if you don’t have Crystal)
3-1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
2 bay leaves
12 ounces raw shrimp
2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons cup green onion, sliced thin
ChefSecret: I know you may think this won’t work, but the residual heat in the Instant Pot will cook the shrimp and corn perfectly even though the power is off.
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