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Turkey Stock


  • Fried turkey carcass
  • 12 c. water
  • onion quartered
  • 1 or 2 carrots chopped
  • green pepper end pieces left over from chopped green pepper
  • 3 stalks celery plus the end piece
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper maybe a little more
  • 2 tsp. thyme  we added 2 more tsp after combining stock and roux
  • 4 bay leaves from our herb garden
  • 1 handful fresh parsley plus stems
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorn
  • Green pepper ends
  • 1 tsp. Louisiana Hot Sauce maybe more
  • Salt the carcass is already salty so you might need to add salt
  • Vegetables for gumbo:
  • c. chopped celery
  • c. green pepper
  • 3 c. chopped onion
  • 12 c. turkey broth or chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 lbs. venison sausage 0r use smoked link sausage.
  • 3 c. picked turkey meat from carcass or use chicken
  • 2 chicken breast I had these smoked in the freezer
  • 1 lb. shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 2 small bags frozen okra


  1. Roux: Heat 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup shortening in cast iron skillet until melted. Stir in two cups all purpose flour -- don't stop stirring -- ever.   Mine looked like dark peanut butter.
  2. To the cooked and browned roux, add the peppers, onions and celery and then the sausage. Stir until they have wilted for about 5 minutes. Stir in the turkey stock very slowly. Whisk if you need to. Add the turkey meat, sausage, chicken, and okra* and tomatoes. I add more thyme and some Tabasco to this.   If the gumbo looks too thick for you add some water - I reserved a cup of roux for future use but still added a few cups of water.
  3. To serve, ladle some into your bowl, top with some rice (we used brown rice), sprinkle with some file powder and sliced green onions and parsley.
  4. Ask your wife to make some corn bread.   Can't have gumbo without cornbread.
  5. *Okra -- fry the okra in a dry cast iron skillet, first. This will keep the gumbo from being slimy.

Recipe Notes

**NOTE from Sherry -- His gumbo was great. He worked all afternoon on it while I was playing on the computer. I was so proud of him slaving away in the kitchen to make his big pot of gumbo. Wonder what's up next.