It might be a little too late for Thanksgiving leftovers, but if you ever find yourself with leftovers of...
...or any combination thereof, this recipe shows you how to make a whole new meal – just add broth, some herbs and spices, and if you think it needs a little more body, whatever canned veggies you have on hand.
Savory Leftover Turkey Gumbo
Prep Time: 45 minutes. Set-and-Forget Simmer Time: 3 hours.
Makes 6 servings.
1. First, assemble your ingredients (I've grouped them according to when you'll add them):
+ 2-3 cups of diced vegetables – whatever you have on hand (celery, peppers, etc.)
+ a small onion, diced, will add some nice flavor
+ 1 tablespoon minced garlic
+ 8 cups turkey or chicken broth
+ 1 1/2 pounds andouille sausage, sliced into half circles
+ 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
+ 1 1/2 – 2 cups leftover shredded turkey
+ 1/2 cup leftover gravy (optional)
+ 1/2 cup leftover cranberry sauce (optional)
+ leftover mashed potatoes or rice, for serving
And your spices (you can combine these all in a small bowl):
+ 1 tablespoon each dried oregano, thyme, basil
+ 1 rounded tablespoon creole seasoning
+ 1 teaspoon chili powder
+ 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
+ 1 tablespoon black pepper
+ 1 teaspoon salt (or more, according to taste)
2. Make a roux from 1 cup canola oil and 1 cup flour in a large, heavy bottomed soup pot. Whisk to combine, and then stir once every 60 seconds over the next 20-30 minutes. When it's done, you should be able to smell the fragrant browned flour – it'll be the color of peanut butter or dark caramel.
3. Add all your vegetables, onion, and garlic to the roux. Cook them over medium heat for 5 minutes, then add spices and cook another 5 minutes. Add broth, canned tomatoes and sausage to the pot. Bring gumbo to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for at least 3 hours or up to all day (the longer the better).
4. Stir in the turkey, gravy and cranberries (if you're using them). Your gumbo should be the consistency of a stew; you can add water if it's too thick, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes if it's too thin. Serve over leftover mashed potatoes or rice, and enjoy!
Photos and recipe inspiration by Half Baked Harvest. Check out her blog for all kinds of beautifully photographed, amazing recipes!!