Sometimes the best results come from a single moment’s necessity, where everything suddenly needs to change. The Sassy Kitchen’s Sassy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo was originally set to be a Crawfish Boil for friends. When Patricia learned one of the guests had a seafood allergy, she momentarily panicked, then went to work on a new idea.
Researching as many chicken gumbo recipes as humanly possible, she pulled what she liked out of a few, added some touches of her own and a new dish was born. The decision to add other meats other than sausage and chicken is what truly “makes” this recipe, and the beauty of a creation such as this one, is that it can be constructed to suit your own flavors and pairings. Toss in what you like, try something new each time and it will be different every occasion you are inspired to whip it up.
As always, we suggest you use the best ingredients possible. This time of year the local Farmer’s Market can be your inspiration with fresh, seasonal produce, giving you the opportunity to use the flavors and colors you desire.
“Sassy” Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
- 2 Pounds Smoked Sausage. Sliced about 1/4 inch thick.
- 4 Pounds Chicken Thighs. On the bone, skin and excess fat removed.
- 1 Pound Alligator Nuggets. Nuggets, Fillets or Legs. (this time I did not use alligator. I didn’t have it)
- 1 1/4 Cups Chopped White Onion
- 1 1/4 Cups Chopped Yellow Onion
- 1 1/4 Cups Chopped Bell Pepper
- 1 1/4 Cups Chopped Celery
- 10 to 12 Cups Chicken Stock
- 1 Cup Flour (a bit more just in case)
- 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil.
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 4 to 6 Bay Leaves. Personal preference – how much bay leaf to you like?
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cajun Seasoning Blend – I use Emeril’s Essence. It’s ALL IN THERE!
- 1 Cup Chopped Green Onion
- 1/3 Cup Chopped Parsley
- 4 Cups Cooked White Rice. Cook as desired.
- Hot Sauce
- Full recipe and method, please head over to The Sassy Kitchen
Whenever possible, we like to introduce you to a wine, beer or cocktail pairing or two with each recipe. In this case, it’s a simple one for us, as The Sassy Kitchen and Passaggio Wines pair with each other for events and occasions.
“Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay and the Pinot Grigio would pair very well with Sassy Kitchen’s Gumbo. These wines are aromatic and both have great texture and acidity that helps cut this dish” ~Cynthia Cosco, Winemaker, Passaggio Wines