Prep Time
45 Mins
Cook Time
4 Hours 15 Mins
Yield
Makes 5 qt. (about 20 servings)

Tasso is a spicy smoked cut of pork or beef popular in many Cajun dishes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut first 2 ingredients into bite-size pieces. Place in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and cook, stirring often, 20 minutes or until browned. Drain on paper towels. Wipe out Dutch oven with paper towels.

Step 2

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat; gradually whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 25 minutes or until mixture is a dark mahogany.

Step 3

Stir in onions and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring often, 18 to 20 minutes or until tender. Gradually add broth. Stir in sausage, tasso, thyme, and black and red ground peppers.

Step 4

Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in shrimp the last 15 minutes of cooking; stir in parsley. Remove from heat; serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish, if desired.

Step 5

: Omit chicken thighs and proceed with Steps 1, 2, and Proceed with Step 4, stirring in 4 lb. medium-size raw shrimp, peeled and, if desired, deveined, the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Step 6

Philip Elliott, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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