Leftover Turkey Gumbo with Potato Salad

In Louisiana, we don’t throw away our turkey carcasses after Thanksgiving or Christmas. We hold onto those otherwise discarded bones for leftover turkey and sausage gumbo! Those in the know, however, know that there’s an even better–not to mention faster–way to get that rich gumbo flavor. You use a jarred roux and Blue Runner Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Base. This recipe will save you the extra thirty minutes of stirring on a lazy day.

Ingredients

 ½ cup jarred roux
 1 tbsp vegetable oil
 1 ½ cups chopped onion
 1 cup chopped celery
 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
 ½ tsp salt
 ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
 1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
 3 bay leaves
 3 cans Blue Runner Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Base
 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover turkey
 1 tbsp filé powder
 2 cups water
 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
 ½ cup chopped green onions
Potato Salad Ingredients:
 2 lbs Yukon gold or new potatoes, scrubbed clean (peel on or off, your choice), cut in 1 to 2-inch chunks
 6 hard-boiled eggs (coarsely chopped)
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 1 tsp sugar
 4 hefty dashes of Crystal Hot Sauce
 ½ cup Creole mustard
 ¾ cup mayonnaise (less or more to taste)
 Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

1

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, add the vegetable oil, onions, celery, and bell peppers. Stir slowly and constantly to keep the vegetables cooking until they are wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Add jarred roux stirring continuously until it dissolves.

2

Stir in the smoked sausage and bay leaves and continue to stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

3

Pour in the Blue Runner Creole Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Base and stir until the base and roux mixture are well combined.

4

Bring the gumbo to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

5

Stir in the turkey and the filé powder; simmer for 20 minutes.

6

Skim off any fat that rises to the surface of the gumbo; remove from heat.

7

Stir in the parsley and green onions.

8

Remove the bay leaves and serve the gumbo in deep bowls with rice or in this case, potato salad.

Potato Salad Directions:
9

Boil the potatoes: Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water by an inch. (If you haven't already hard-boiled the eggs, you can boil the eggs with the potatoes.) Bring to a boil and add about 2 T of salt. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 14 minutes. Drain in a colander.

10

Make the dressing: While you are boiling the potatoes, mix the sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and mustard.

11

Mix the potatoes in the dressing: While the potatoes are still warm, gently mix them in with the dressing. (Stirring them in while warm will allow the potatoes to soak in the seasonings better.)

12

Add hard boiled eggs: Gently fold the chopped hard-boiled eggs into the potato mixture until well combined. Sample the potato salad and add salt and pepper to taste.

13

Chill: Put the salad in the fridge for at least twenty minutes before serving.
Serve chilled, garnished with paprika or Cajun seasoning.

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