After Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo

Travis and I ended up with a lot of leftover turkey. While I was watching The Kitchen on the Food Network, they made a delicious looking turkey gumbo. It not only used the leftover turkey, but the leftover onion and celery as well. Here’s the recipe:

It starts with a roux. 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of flour. I ended up adding 1/4 cup of olive oil as well. Melt the butter on a large pot, the. Stir in the flour on low heat. One of the things that makes gumbo gumbo is a dark roux. So this roux needs to cook for 20-30 minutes until it gets dark.


To make sure it doesn’t burn, it must be stirred constantly. Shoot for a chocolate color. While that is going, you can have your trusty sidekick (aka your husband) work on the vegetables. 1 cup onion, 1 cup green pepper, 1/2 cup celery, all chopped. Cook until soft with a few tablespoons of olive oil.


You will also need a cup or so of leftover turkey and 1 cup of chopped kielbasa.


Whenever I cook dinner Uno is always watching…



Once the roux is done, add the cooked vegetables to it. Stir and cook for another few minutes. Then add in the chicken stock. This would be best with turkey stock, but I wasn’t going to take the time to make that. I ended up using 6-7 cups of stock.


Stir in the kielbasa and turkey.


Let simmer for around 1 hour. Stir in 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste.


Serve with rice. We only had brown rice, but this would be best with white rice.


I decided to pair with a woodchuck this evening!


Now time to watch some more Scandal and wait for the Chiefs game during Sunday Night Football!

Any other great leftover recipes?


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