Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Turkey Gumbo

Dinner Tonight: Holiday Turkey Gumbo

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and reheated a
couple of slices of the leftover Ham. Also the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Not a lot going on today. It being Black Friday there was no way I was going around any shopping areas today! I did get out and go to the bank and stopped and got gas. Back home did a few things around the house. I'm having computer problems since yesterday morning. I can go to 2 or 3 sites or do a couple of functions and my computer becomes sluggish and sometimes freezes up, no solution yet I may have to call to have it looked at. I'm lost without my computer!! Anyway for Dinner tonight it was all leftovers. I prepared a Turkey Sandwich w/ Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

For Dinner tonight I prepared a recipe based from a  Zatarain's Recipe I received in a email the other
day, Holiday Turkey Gumbo. I've left the original recipe at the end of the post. Mine differs in that I just used the Zatarain's Gumbo Mix with Rice without adding additional ingredients. I've made the Gumbo Mix with Rice many times but usually I use Shrimp and Turkey Sausage. This time I'm substituting the Shrimp with leftover Jennie - O Turkey Breast. To prepare the dish I'll need; 1 - Box of Zatarain's Gumbo Mix with Rice, Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage (I cooked this up ahead of time and sliced it into smaller pieces), leftover Jennie - O Turkey Breast (pulled and sliced), and Frank's Red Hot Sauce.

I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Mix with Rice for the Gumbo base. It's very easy to prepare, takes
about 25-30 minutes. I just boiled the stock that was in the packet, sliced Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, and a few shakes of the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for 15 minutes. Then I added the leftover Jennie - O Turkey Breast and simmered another 10 minutes. And the Gumbo is ready! It turned out fantastic! Nice flavor and plenty of Rice. The Butterball Turkey sausage and Jennie - O Turkey Breast worked great, made a nice hearty dinner. I just love leftovers! For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

Holiday Turkey Gumbo

After Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, using leftover turkey to make gumbo is a holiday tradition across Louisiana. Zatarain’s Gumbo Mix with Rice makes it easy to introduce this beloved tradition to your home. Recipe courtesy of Jenny Fallo.


Serves: 9
Serving Size: 1 cup
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups turkey stock
1 package ZATARAIN'S® Gumbo Mix with Rice
1 bay leaf
1 cup chopped cooked turkey
1/4 cup chopped green onions


15 mins
Prep time
35 mins
Cook time
Brown sausage in Dutch oven or large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic; cook and stir 3 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
Stir in stock, Rice Mix and bay leaf. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add turkey; cook 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.
Cooking tip

For turkey stock, try this homemade recipe or use packaged stock: To make homemade turkey stock, add the leftover carcass from the turkey to large stockpot. Add 4 quarts of water, chopped onion, celery, carrots and garlic, bay leaf and fresh or dried parsley; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Strain stock.  Use stock to prepare Holiday Turkey Gumbo. Any leftover stock can be frozen for later use.

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