Turkey Gumbo: What Thanksgiving Is All About… Sort of
The first time I made it, I knew I had found a winner. I also knew that my concept of Thanksgiving dinner had radically changed.
Not the concept of Thanksgiving, mind you. But the what’s-for-dinner aspect of Thanksgiving.
I probably don’t have to point this out, but I’m going to anyway: turkey is not just for Thanksgiving. There have been many times over the years when we bake a turkey just to do it. It’s economical, and you can do so many things with it: sandwiches, soups, casseroles, and gumbo, of course.
And, believe it or not, there have been Thanksgivings when we did not bake a turkey at all. I’m thinking about one Thanksgiving a few years ago when we had lobster. Now, that was delicious!
But ever since the first time I made Emeril’s Turkey Bone Gumbo, I can honestly say that the only reason we do turkey on Thanksgiving is to get the carcass for a turkey stock, and to get the turkey meat for this gumbo.
This is good eats, y’all!
- 1 cup butter (or reduced chicken or goose fat, or some other type of oil with a high smoke point, like coconut oil)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 3 green bell peppers, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 12 to 14 cups turkey stock
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1.5 lbs andouille sausage, de-greased is skillet or in oven, then cut links length-wise and slice (like half-moons)
- Leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat, deboned (You should have used the bones for the turkey stock!)
- Reserved onions and celery from the stock (if possible)
- 1 cup green onions, chopped (will need extra for individual bowls)
- 1/2 cup parsley, chopped (will need extra for individual bowls)
- Your favorite hot sauce (Louisiana, Crystal, Tabasco), to taste
- 1 to 2 cups of long-grain white rice, prepared according to package directions
- Heat your skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add butter (or other oil) and heat until it begins to sizzle.
- Add flour and whisk to incorporate. Continue whisking until the roux reaches the color of dark chocolate. Be careful not to burn the roux. NOTE: Alternatively, you can make a dry roux in the oven.
- Once the roux has reached the desired color, add the onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic. Stir well, and allow to cook down for about five minutes or so. You want the veggies to soften and become translucent.
- Add the stock, bay leaves, the andouille, salt, and cayenne. Depending on the volume of your veggies, you may need to add a little more stock.
- Stir well, and bring to a simmer. Allow the gumbo to simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the turkey and the reserved onions and celery from the stock.
- Reduce the heat to medium low, continuing to allow the gumbo to simmer for about 40 minutes.
- Taste for seasoning and thickness. Make adjustments as necessary.
- Serve gumbo over rice in an bowl. Keep Tabasco or Crystal or Louisiana Hot Sauce on hand in case anyone wants to add it to their bowl. Also have chopped parsley and chopped green onions available to add to individual bowls.
This recipe yields a LARGE pot of gumbo. Our family of 5 can eat on this for a few days.
Ça c’est bon!
Want More Creatively Delicious Ideas For What To Do With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers?
I have lots of friends who just love to cook for #SundaySupper, and I want to introduce you to them.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with #SundaySupper, let me explain. #SundaySupper was started by my friend Isabel of FamilyFoodie.com to help bring families together Around the Family Table. It’s a wonderful mission, and it’s something I feel very passionate about. This is a great group of folks, and I am proud to be among them.
Here’s what these talented foodies plan to cook up with their Thanksgiving Leftovers:
Breakfast & Brunch
- Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls by Juanita’s Cocina
- Turkey Cranberry Muffins by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Sweet Potato Biscuits by Home Cooking Memories
- Turkey Enchiladas by Webicurean
- Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole by FamilyFoodie
- Turkey and Cranberry Monte Cristo by Supper for a Steal
- Thanksgiving hangover sandwich by Crispy Bits & Burt Ends
- Turkey Tamale Pie by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Pot Pie by I Run For Wine
- Turkey and Stuffing Pasty by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich by Daily Dish Recipes
- Turkey Vegetable Hash by Generation Y Foodie
- Turkey Tetrazzini by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Andouille Gumbo for #SundaySupper by Catholic Foodie
- Red Potato Turkey Cutlets with Ginger & Fresh Herbs by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Thanksgiving Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich by 30AEats
- Leftover Turkey and Sausage Gumbo by My Catholic Kitchen
- Turkey Mornay Open-Face Sandwiches by The Weekend Gourmet
- Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Beef Croquettes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again
- Simple and easy! Turkey a la king, fit for a queen! by Midlife Road Trip
- Turkey and Mushroom Risotto by Comfy Cuisine
- Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Kartoffelpuffer – German Potato Pancakes by MrsMamaHen
- Skillet Turkey Reuben by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- # glutenfree Turkey Shepard’s Cake by Cooking Underwriter
- Hearty Ham and Cheese Penne Pasta by Mama Mommy Mom
- Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Flatbread Pizza by Damn Delicious
- Turkey shepards pie! by The Realistic Nutritionist
- Spicy Turkey Chili for #SundaySupper #Leftovers by Hot Curries and Cold Beer
- Turkey & Cranberry Panini with Tarragon Aioli by The Messy Baker Blog
Soups, Salads, Sides & Starters
- Gluten Free Turkey and Dumplings by The Meltaways
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Shallots and Pancetta by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Curried Turkey Salad by Kimchi Mom
- Potato Patties w/ Tomato Salsa by La Cocina De Leslie
- Spicy Coconut Turkey Soup by Diabetic Foodie
- Mashed Potatoes Twice Baked by Hezzi-D’s Books & Cooks
- Moroccan Chicken Salad with Rice by My Trial’s in the Kitchen
- Cranberry Barbecue Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Olive Tapenade by Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Leftover Turkey Soup by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Sweet Potato Bread Pudding by MarocMama
Sweets & Desserts
- Cranberry Sauce Crumb Bars by girlichef
- Pumpkin Gingersnap Truffles by Chocolate Moosey
- Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping by Shockingly Delicious
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Frosting by Yummy Smells
Wine Pairings for the Recipes Featured
- Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Leftovers #SundaySupper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Please join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper on November 18. In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat.
We’d also love to feature your recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.
And Happy Thanksgiving!