Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

Published on: December 9th, 2010

Try out this post-Thanksgiving recipe for all your leftover turkey hiding in the freezer, or save it for a day when you're wishing Thanksgiving came more than once a year. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2010, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ. 

Courtesy of Brian Reid, New Orleans

Makes 6 to 7 Servings


1 pound andouille or other smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, sliced into 1/4-inch half-moons
vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 or 4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 quarts turkey stock, preferably homemade
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
meat picked from leftover smoked or roasted turkey carcass(es)
heaping 1/2 cup chopped green onions
heaping 1/2 cup minced parsley
hot cooked Louisiana rice
filé powder


Place the sausage and 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven and brown over high heat. When browned, remove the sausage to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour the remaining fat into a measuring cup, then add sufficient vegetable oil to make 1/2 cup. Pour the fat and oil mixture back into the Dutch oven and reduce the heat to low. Reserve the sausage.

Add to the flour and stir constantly over low to medium heat to make a dark roux—preferably a chocolate-colored one, which will take about 40 minutes on low heat or 20 minutes over high heat.

Add the onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to the roux and continue stirring until the onions are translucent and have begun to brown.

Heat 3 quarts turkey stock to a boil and slowly add to the roux/vegetable mixture, whisking to incorporate. Add the salt, pepper, Tabasco, thyme, and Creole seasoning. Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour. Add the turkey and the sausage. Simmer for another hour.

Add the green onions and the parsley and heat through, about 5 minutes. Serve with hot rice and filé powder.

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