Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-Ya

This dark-roux gumbo originates in Cajun country.


    •  2 medium onions (1 quartered, 1 finely chopped)
    •  3 stalks celery (2 halved, 1 finely chopped)
    •  2 tbsp. black peppercorns
    •  1 (3 1/2-lb.) whole chicken
    •  2 medium carrots, halved
    •  2 sprigs thyme
    •  16 tbsp. unsalted butter
    •  1 12 cups flour
    •  1 each red and green bell pepper, minced
    •  3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    •  1 lb. andouille sausage, sliced
    •  1 tbsp. Creole seasoning
    •  1 tsp. cayenne pepper
    •  1 tsp. dried thyme
    •  12 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
    •  3 bay leaves
    •  Cooked white rice



  1. Bring chicken, quartered onion, halved celery, peppercorns, 2 bay, carrots, thyme sprigs, and 10 cups water to a boil in an 8-qt. saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until chicken is cooked through, 35-40 minutes. Remove chicken; cool, then shred meat. Strain stock; discard solids and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring, to make a dark roux, 18-20 minutes. Add remaining chopped onion, celery, and bay, plus bell peppers, garlic, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring, until soft, 8-10 minutes. Add andouille, Creole seasoning, cayenne, dried thyme, and chile flakes; cook until fat begins to render from sausage, 3-4 minutes. Stir in 5 1⁄2 cups of reserved stock (chill remainder for another use); bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring, until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add chicken; cook until hot, 2 minutes more. Serve with white rice.

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