Duck and Sausage Gumbo

6-8 servings
  • 1 cup vegetable oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 5 -pound domestic ducks, cut into 8 pieces
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped bell peppers
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • Salt and cayenne
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

In a large heavy sauce pan, over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Season the duck pieces with Essence. Sear the duck pieces for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan. Whisk in the flour. Cook the mixture for about 10-12 minutes for a dark roux, or until the mixture is the color of chocolate and has a nutty aroma. The roux has to be stirred continuously to prevent it from burning. Stir in the vegetables. Season with salt and cayenne. Cook the vegetables for about 8-10 minutes, or until the vegetables start to wilt. Stir in the bay leaves and smoked sausage. Slowly stir in the water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, skimming off the fat occasionally. Stir in the green onions. Ladle the gumbo into a bowl and garnish with rice.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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