What you need:
1/2 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 lb sausage (Italian is good, if you like it hot hot hot use chorizo or a hot sausage)
1 medium yellow onion chopped
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 bell pepper
1/2 cup of parsley
splash of Worcestershire
2 cloves of chopped garlic
5 cups of chicken stock
What to do:
Put slow cooker on high & add 3 cups of stock. In a large pan, on medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of butter & add onion. Stir to coat onion with butter. While onion cooks, cut pepper into small bite size pieces, chop celery & garlic. Add to pan & coat with butter.
Add 2 cups of stock & bring to a simmer. Add chopped parsley.
In a separate pan, cook pieces of sausage. While sausage cooks, transfer vegetables & stock over to slow cooker (add to your 3 cups of stock already heating up).
Once cooked on the outside (for about 4 or 5 minutes) , add sausage to slow cooker.
*TIP don't cook the sausage all the way through because it will continue to cook in the slow cooker & add flavor to your gumbo. (Tip- Curtesy of my little Bro, JH)
While pan is still hot with sausage drippings, add 1 tablespoon of butter. Melt the butter then whisk in three tablespoons of flour. Whisk into a thick roux, then add to slow cooker & stir.
Rinse & peel shrimp & add to gumbo they will cook in the broth.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika & stir. Cook on high for 1.5 hours, salt & pepper to taste & serve over rice.
Fat Tuesday & every Tuesday in this freezing winter deserves a good, hot flavorful gumbo. Big shout out to my little brother John Henry who works at the Lost Cajun in Colorado. The man is a genius in the kitchen & offered me some great tips while I made my first gumbo. You might get a little scared thinking to yourself "Hell no, gumbo is super hard to make", you are wrong it is an absolute breeze. It makes your house smell truly delightful & like you know what you are doing if people get a whiff. Bring on that New Orleans flavor & listen to a little Iko Iko by the Dixie Cups to get you going.
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