Chicken, Andouille, Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

Chicken, Andouille, Shrimp and Crab Gumbo

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Ingredients

6 large chicken thighs
Emeril’s essence
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 onion, quartered
4 garlic cloves, quartered
Leaves from 2 celery branches
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tsp mixed peppercorns
2 quarts water

3 andouille sausages, sliced
2/3 cup flour
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 celery branches, sliced
1 tbsp Emeril’s essence
1 tbsp gumbo file
1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 16oz can fresh crab from the grocery refrigerated section
1 tbsp gumbo file
Sliced scallions

Directions

Season the chicken with the essence, then brown in the oil.  Set the skillet, reserving the oil, to the side. Put the chicken in a large stock pot with the vegetables, herbs and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.  Reserving the broth, remove the chicken, allow to cool, then remove the skin and bones, breaking the chicken into chunks.  Set aside.

Brown the sausage slices in the reserve oil, remove and set aside, again reserving the oil. Brown the flour in the reserved oil until the flour is cooked and a chocolate brown.  Add the chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper and celery, then cook until soft.  Sprinkle the vegetables with the essence and file, then gradually add, stirring, about 10-12 cups of the reserved broth.  Pour the broth into a large stockpot, bring to a boil, then add the andouille and chicken chunks.  Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add the shrimp and crab then cook for about 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the fire, stir in the second tbsp of gumbo file and allow to rest for 15 minutes.  Serve with rice, scallions and more gumbo file if desired.