Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Orleans Classic Gumbo YA-YA and Giveaway

In our family, we love to share meals with friends. On a nice day, we pull-out the 8-foot table out of the garage, and drag it to the back porch.  We take all the available chairs from inside the house, turn up the music, load the tub with beer and soda, and with both arms carry bottles of wine to the table.  For this meal we also pulled out the biggest pot in our kitchen and prepared gumbo for a crowd.

Over the years, I have experimented with several gumbo recipes.  This year, I made a signature gumbo recipe from a  New Orleans landmark restaurant called Mister B's Bistro, located in the French Quarter. My understanding is that this Gumbo Ya-Ya recipe is the best selling dish on the menu.  If time is an issue, this recipe is not for you.  This recipe takes patience to prepare, but it is worth the effort and will  feed a crowd.  The dark golden roux easily took me an hour hanging over a 12 quart stockpot, stirring constantly.


Note: My photo does not give justice to the golden brown roux as I photographed the gumbo served over rice...Just let your imagination take hold at this moment.


The recipe was taken from a cookbook called New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups by Kit Wohl.  This cookbook was featured in Gourmet's Cook Book Club.  I purchased an extra copy of this cookbook to give away.  If you are interested in a chance to win this book, just leave me a comment that indicates that you are interested.  I will select a winner no later than March 23, 2010.


Without further delay, the recipe for crowd pleasing Gumbo Ya-Ya.

Gumbo Ya-Ya
Serves a crowd
Recipe from Mister B's Bistro, New Orleans

Ingredients:
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
2 medium onions, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1-1/4 gallons (20 cups) chicken stock
1 pound andouille* sausage, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 tablespoons Creole seasoning- store bought or homemade
2 tablespoons kosher salt or sea salt plus additional to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper chili flakes
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1- 3-1/2 pound chicken, roasted and boned
hot sauce to tatse
boiled or steamed rice
*Any good quality pork sausage, such as kielbasa, may be substituted.

Directions:
Begin by making a dark roux.  In a 12-quart stockpot melt the butter over low heat.  Gradually add 1 cup of the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, and continue cooking, stirring for 30 seconds.  Add 1 more cup of flour and stir an additional 30 seconds.  Add remaining cup flour and stir for another 30 seconds.  Continue to cook the roux, stirring constantly, until it is the color of dark mahogany, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Add the red and green bell peppers to the roux and stir for 30 seconds.  Add the onions and celery stirring for 30 seconds.  Gradually add stock to the roux, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent lumps.  Add the andouille sausage, Creole seasoning, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, chile powder, thyme, garlic and bay leaves, and bring to a boil.  Simmer gumbo, uncovered for 45 minutes, skimming off any fat.  Stir occasionally.

Add chicken meat.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Adjust seasoning with salt and hot sauce.

Serve over rice.

Enjoy!


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63 comments:

3 hungry tummies said...

This is that sort of dishes I will be cooking for the colder months. What a great one dish meal it is! thank you!

Julie said...

Sounds like a very fun party! We have some good friends who live in New Orleans. He's the gumbo maker at their house and he says it's all about the roux!

Angie's Recipes said...

The cumbo (yaya?-what does it mean?) looks truly comforting.

Miranda said...

My husband loves gumbo!!! I just tried to make some and it turned out tooo tomatoe-y.
This looks perfect!!!!

Astra Libris said...

Gumbo is a dish truly close to my Cajun heart... :-) I've spent many an hour hovering over the roux indeed! :-) Your gumbo recipe looks incredible, and I would LOVE to add this gorgeous cookbook to our collection - I know we'd cherish every recipe! :-)

Kim said...

Sounds like a good time to me! I love that the recipe starts with one pound of butter - you know that is some good gumbo!
Would love the chance to win the book.

Pam said...

Oh, love that gumbo! Your recipe is definitely Cajun as I see no tomatoes in it! Yum!!! I posted a recipe for it back in Februrary. Your recipe is pretty close to mine and I have stood forever stirring that roux. Not a dish to cook in the summertime! Yours looks and sounds delicious! The cookbook sounds good also, can never have too many of them!

TKW said...

Hmph! Totally jealous of your friends and neighbors who get to sit around, sip cold drinks and eat that gumbo! Those lucky bastards!

Looks divine!

Rebecca said...

I was seriously just scouring through my cookbooks and online for a nice gumbo recipe this weekend and didn't find too much inspiration. Your gumbo makes me want to make this sooooooo bad! Looks great :)

Andrea said...

It looks lovely! The cookbook would be a fab addition to any kitchen, new Orleans cuisine has such great spices and flavors, I'd be excited to win it :)

Sandi said...

Velva, this looks really good....Jay would love it. Is it very hot and spicy?

Sage said...

We were in New Orleans once and tasted their fantastic food. Everthing is good! I would to try that recipe when I get back home; looks and sounds perfect to me.
Rita

The Cooking Photographer said...

Ohhh yum!

Trendsetters said...

would love to get the book...always fascinated by the new orleans cusine..love the crawfish boil

Ana Powell said...

Great name and looks absolutely delicious x

Peanutts said...

Whats creole seasoning, have seen cajun seasoning but never creole around here. Looks delish. havent cooked a gumbo yet but is in my list of must make dishes :) thanks for the recipe

Chef E said...

This is one dish we did not eat as often as I would have liked, not sure why, my mom was from Louisiana, and my grand father would come into town, and I loved it! Did not like sucking heads off of crawdaddy's though!

Lyndsey said...

I would love to try your gumbo! We also love to get together outside around the fire pit, spread the newspapers down on the table and have a New Orleans style crab boil. This gumbo looks fantastic!

My Little Space said...

What a nice recipe! Simply delicious. Love to give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day!
Cheers, Kristy

Michelle J said...

Yes! Count me in! I loooove New Orleans food. Now if only there were a way to make a Johnny's catfish po-boy at home... ;)

Hungry Dog said...

Looks amazing, and indeed perfect for a crowd. I have never made gumbo-I'll have to hold on to this recipe. Thanks!

Joyce said...

Love gumbo and could eat it all the time as long as it is not too spicy. I was peaking at your blog and it is wonderful. I will back again.
Joyce

Erica said...

This looks absolutely delicious!Comforting and rich... love this kind of dishes, Velva!Looks like a nice book!

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a wonderful dish. Looks very hearty and warming. Great recipe.
*kisses* HH

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! The gumbo looks and sounds terrific!

SuziCate said...

Can't wait to try this. I end up altering everyone I try...this one looks like it will stand up to my expectations! Thanks.

Sophie said...

MMMMMM,...the gumbo do looks so tasty & lovely though!!

A grand recipe!

A Year on the Grill said...

that is a thick gumbo... love the looks though.

Serves a bunch... hmmm... i have lots of new neighbors

Barbara said...

I thought your photo was great, Velva! It made me drool, anyway! It looks like a wonderful gumbo recipe. I do love New Orleans cooking!
Would adore having the cookbook!

Mimi said...

I could certainly use that cookbook to brush up on my gumbo making skills. You gumbo looks delicious.
Mimi

Bob said...

Sounds fantastic! When are you pulling out the table next? I'll book a flight. ;)

merrilymarylee said...

Darn! My comment just disappeared, so if I suddenly have two, know I wasn't trying to rig the contest, although I don't know much about New Orleans cooking and have never been there. I need this book.

Please, though, tell me that a pound of butter in an entree isn't a usual thing! YIKES!

Megan Carroll said...

Here's the Gumbo.... been waiting with expectation and wasn't disappointed!

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

can i come to your parties?? hehe...sounds fun and delicious!

Chris said...

I love the fun of "pulling out the big table". Sounds like you guys have fun.

Add me into the drawing, I'm interested.

Marguerite said...

This gumbo looks divinely delicious! Beautiful job! And I love that fab cookbook and had it for a while, from the library! Count me in, as very interested!

sweetlife said...

so tasty we love gumbo-great post love get togethers with the family!!
sweetlife

Chow and Chatter said...

gumbo my fav American dish and wow your family seems so cool, where are u in FL coming to Miami next week love Rebecca

-K- said...

Looks incredible.

Now I'm thinking about when I lived in NOLA many years ago, when Buster Holmes was still open. Red beans and rice to last you all day.

teresa said...

what a lovely dish, i can only imagine all the great flavors going on in there!

Joanne said...

Gumbo is such a great dish to share with others - it's stick-to-your-ribs comfort food at it's best! That cookbook sounds awsesome - I LOVE cajun food!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

The gumbo looks divine. That books looks like a treasure chest full of recipes. Yes, I am interested.

BTW,I have an excellent giveaway going on at my spot as well. Come check my latest post if Le crueset Baking pans, platzgraff tortilla warmers are just a couple among many item choices that might interest you.

Topher said...

I'm interested. Looks delicious. Thanks for the great giveaway!!


Chris

zekks at yahoo dot com

Martha said...

Mmmm, this looks delicious! I could go for a bowl right now. Yum! :-)

tasteofbeirut said...

I would love to own that cookbook; i still have a small cookbook by Chef Paul Prudhomme (whatever happened to him?) and i made every recipe in that booklet many times and bought his spice mixes. I am a big fan of Louisiana cuisine and love gumbo!

Faith said...

This gumbo looks so flavorful! And I love that pretty dish you served it in. What a great giveaway -- thank you so much for hosting it! I would love to win that book! :)

Mary said...

Velva, your gumbo sounds wonderful and looks gorgeous. You've made me hungry. I'm going to see if our library has the book. I'm looking forward to seeing what other gorgeous recipes can be found there.

Claudia said...

I haven't had gumbo in ages! Must rectify that! It is splendid - oozing with goodness and brimming over. I even love the title of the recipe!

From the Kitchen said...

"Serves a crowd"!! That's so southern! Luscious sounding gumbo. Love it! Of course, I'd love that cookbook to add to my 200+ collection that, someday, I'm going to cook my way through, one recipe at a time.

Best,
Bonnie

Patty said...

Food always tastes better when it's shared, that gumbo looks delicious!

Kathleen said...

Hey Velva! I have an award I want to share with you. Stop by my blog when you get a chance! our gumbo looks awesome!

Linda said...

I'm interested in that book...that's how I found this post..I'll be back. Thanks for the recipe.

Fimère said...

quelle magnifique et délicieuse recette, j'aime beaucoup
bonne journée

Laura in Paris said...

whether cumbo or gumbo, it looks delicious!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I would love to be in your draw for this book. My cooking is feeling a little uninspired at the moment.

Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

This gumbo looks delicious. Being from Australia I have never had it before and would certainly like to give it a try.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I want to be your neighbour! What fun.
Looks great, I have never had gumbo before and would love to learn more about New Orleans cooking - if Canadians are included in the giveaway. :)

Karen Harris said...

Adopt me please! Living so far away from my family, I really miss get togethers like these. Your gumbo looks delicious.

Cheryl said...

Oh my gravy, yes, please count me in. The cover on the cookbook is fantastic. If that is any indication of the yummy recipes, I want in.

Rambling Tart said...

What a fabulous recipe for a crowd, Velva! I've always wanted to make gumbo, and I'd love to participate in your giveaway. :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A mouthwatering gumbo! So tasty and comforting!

Cheers,

rosa

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Gumbo is one of my favorite dishes in the world! Yummy!

kit wohl said...

Thank you all so very much for your lovely comments. New Orleans Classic Gumbo was terrific fun to write, cook and shoot. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at
kit@wohlco.com

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