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Comfort Food Friday: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing a recipe for Turkey Gumbo. This is the meal that I have made for dinner every Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, utilizing left over turkey, for at least the past ten years. It is a one pot meal that is easy to cook. The perfect type of dinner to have the night after preparing and/or partaking in a big Thanksgiving Day feast.

This is the recipe:

I made it last night (using chicken actually - we will have the turkey next week!) so that I could take some step by step photos to go along with the recipe.

First, I dice/chop the vegetables.

Then I brown the sausage.

This is what the sausage looks like when it is ready to come out of the pan.

Add the vegetables as soon as you remove the sausage link(s) and lower the heat to medium so the vegetables do not burn.

This is how the vegetables will look when it is time to add the garlic.

This is how the vegetable mixture looks after the tomato paste has coated the vegetables and the flour is stirred in. The flour can get very clumpy if you add the tomato paste and flour at the same time. You should also stir often - you will have to keep banging the spoon on the side of the pan to remove the flour/vegetable clumps that will stick to the spoon.

This is right after I added the stock and canned diced tomatoes. The sauce will thicken while it cooks.

This is right after the sausage has been cut into rounds and both it and the leftover turkey (chicken :-)) are added back into the pot.

I time cooking the rice so that it is finished at the same time that the turkey and sausage are heated through. This greatly lessens the time needed to heat the rice up in the mixture. If you have leftover rice - all the better for the ease factor. You will just have to allow extra time to heat it up in the pot. This picture shows right when the rice and scallions are added.

This is the turkey gumbo after it has all come together, right before serving.

I make Bisquick drop biscuits to serve with the gumbo. They are easy and cook in just ten minutes. I pop them in the oven right after I add the rice and scallions to the gumbo and that way everything is ready at the same time. Easy and delicious. It makes for a great leftover too - it is even better the day after. Long live the turkey!

Here is the finished product:

I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving and if you make the gumbo, I would love to hear what you think! I will be back for Manic Monday. Happy Weekend.

Thank you for dropping by today, Kerry




Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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