Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
This gumbo is a great use for leftover roasted turkey, though cooked chicken will also work. We skip the long-stirred roux here in favor of filé powder, a thickener made from the sassafras plant; look for it on the spice aisle. For the best results, stir in the filé powder off the heat.
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup gumbo and 1/2 cup rice)
1. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon.
2. Add onion, green bell pepper, celery, and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes. Add stock, yellow bell pepper, salt, sausage, tomatoes, and okra to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, thyme, and turkey; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove pan from heat; stir in filé powder. Divide rice among 8 bowls; top evenly with gumbo, or follow freezing instructions. Sprinkle evenly with reserved bacon.