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Duck Gumbo

Yield about 5 quarts


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) ducklings, dressed, cut up, and skinned
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion tops
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Hot cooked rice

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle: 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper over ducklings; set aside.

  2. Combine melted butter and flour in a large stockpot; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 45 minutes or until roux is color of a copper penny. Add onion, green pepper, and minced garlic; continue cooking 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  3. Gradually add water, stirring until well blended. Add reserved duckling, sausage, and red pepper. Simmer, uncovered, 2 hours or until meat begins to fall off bones. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

  4. Lift off and discard solidified fat from surface. Remove duckling; remove meat from bones, discarding bones. Chop meat into bite-size pieces; return to gumbo.

  5. Add remaining salt, onion, and parsley. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated. Ladle over hot cooked rice in individual serving bowls.

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