There’s a Mardi Gras feeling of joy in the air…you can bet there will be moments to treasure, and plenty of food and drinks to share! Fat Tuesday is right aorund the corner, and if you’re curious what wine pairs with gumbo…we got you covered. Throw on some beads, play some dixieland jazz, and have yourself a kictchen celebration.
Shrimp, Chicken, and Andouille Gumbo
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 6 large onions, chopped (about 12 cups)
- 6 red bell peppers, seeded, chopped (about 7 cups)
- 8 celery stalks, chopped (about 3 cups)
- 16 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh thyme
- 6 bay leaves
- 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
- 4 8-ounce bottles clam juice
- 4 cups low-salt chicken broth
- 4 pounds andouille sausage, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 3 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 16-ounce packages sliced frozen okra
- 4 pounds peeled deveined medium shrimp
- Minced fresh Italian parsley
- Steamed rice
Heat oil in heavy 13-quart pot over medium-high heat until very hot and almost smoking. Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is dark reddish brown, about 5 minutes. Add chopped onions, chopped bell peppers, and chopped celery and cook until onions are soft and brown, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cayenne and stir 2 minutes. Add wine, thyme, and bay leaves; bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes with juice, clam juice, broth, sausage, and chicken; simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add okra and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Do ahead Gumbo base can be made 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Bring base to simmer before continuing.
Add shrimp to pot and cook shrimp until just opaque in center, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Season gumbo to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with minced parsley and serve with steamed rice alongside.
Pinot Grigio: A light white wine with crisp citrus flavor.
Grüner Veltliner: An Austrian wine with flavors of lemon-lime, grapefruit, arugula and pepper.
Did you know File powder is a seasoning made from the ground, dried leaves of the sassafras tree? It’s an integral part of Creole cooking, and is used to thicken and flavor Gumbos and other Creole dishes. File should be stirred into a dish after it’s removed from the heat because undue cooking makes file tough and stringy.