Cooking In New Orleans

Dated: 10/22/2013

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Nothing says New Orleans like some good, old fashion Creole cooking, and this recipe from the Times-Picayune cookbook, ‘Cooking up a Storm’, really gets back to our roots. Gumbo has been an integral part of our heritage since the 18th century, and whether you use okra, filé, or roux to thicken it, the resulting dish is a culinary representation of the cultural melting pot that is NOLA. 

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
(8 servings)

1, 4-5 lb. chicken, cut up Salt and cayenne
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup flour
2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 1/2 quarts chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 lb. Andouille sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
Season the chicken generously with salt and cayenne. In a large Dutch oven, make a roux by combining the oil and flour over medium heat. Stir constantly and cook for about 30 minutes or until the roux has turned dark brown. Add the yellow onions, bell pepper and celery. Cook for 5-10 minutes more until the vegetables are very soft.

Add the stock, and stir well to blend. Add the chicken pieces, bay leaves and thyme. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer partially covered for 2-3 hours or until the chicken is fork tender. Add the Andouille and cook for another 30 minutes. Adjust the seasonings, and then add the green onions and parsley. Remove the bay leaves and serve over rice.
New Orleans truly is a melting pot of cooking and cultures, music and architecture. There’s literally something for everyone. When you’re ready to buy a home here, let me help you find the best fit for you and your lifestyle. Call me at the office on 504-383-9061 or on my mobile at 504-419-8395. If you prefer, send me an email at, and let’s create your own recipe for life here in the Big Easy.

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Clint LaCour

Prior or founding Rêve | Realtors along with three other top producing agents. Clint served on the Agent Leadership Council member at Keller Williams | New Orleans, which is home to over 100 real est....

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