Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Our “Fat Tuesday” wasn’t all that glutinous, but let’s be honest, I typically save my gluttony for the weekends.  But we did celebrate Mardi Gras with a delicious and warming creole-inspired gumbo. {p.s. I just learned that “Mardi Gras” means “Fat Tuesday” in French}

After an oh-so-cold day, this couldn’t have been a more perfect bowl of food.  Hot jasmine rice was topped with a rich gumbo that had a little kick from the andouille sausage.  I opted to use shredded chicken instead of turkey – but either would be delicious.  The gumbo gets some flavor from the sautéed bacon in which the onion, celery and green pepper were cooked in the bacon fat.  Okra adds a little bulk to the gumbo while parsley freshens the whole pot of goodness.

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Filling and hearty, the perfect Fat Tuesday dinner.

Did you celebrate Mardi Gras?  Have you ever had a King Cake?  (I haven’t!)

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