Valerie's Very Best Gumbo

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Directions Watch how to make this recipe. Warm 1 cup oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven until hot. Add the flour to the pot all at once, whisking until the consistency is uniform. Cook...

  • Yield: 12 to 15 servings
  • Cooking time: 1 Hour 10 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
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  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, 1/2 cup sliced for garnish and the remaining chopped
  • 8 to 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 quarts store-bought chicken stock
  • Two 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 12 ounces andouille sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces smoked sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 scant tablespoon cayenne, or more to taste (this much makes it medium spicy)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • One 10-ounce box frozen sliced okra, thawed
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 15 cups cooked white rice, such as Minute Rice, for serving
  • Hot sauce, such as Crystal, for serving
  • File powder, for serving, optional

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