42 Turkey and Oyster Gumbo Dec. 2017

Turkey and Oyster Gumbo

Prep Time: 1½ Hours

Yields: 6-8 Servings


The Cajuns of South Louisiana often included andouille and oysters in a holiday gumbo. Normally a sack of Gulf oysters would be purchased the day before the celebration. Half would be opened for the gumbo and the other half would be eaten immediately with a dash of hot sauce. Serve this gumbo for the holidays and you will be duplicating an age-old bayou tradition. Note: You can make this gumbo with fresh chicken too, but it is a particularly delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.


2-3 pounds leftover turkey

2 dozen fresh shucked oysters, reserve liquid

8 ouncesAndouille, sliced

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cups flour

1 cups diced onions

1 cups diced celery

1 cup diced bell peppers

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 1/2 quarts chicken stock

1 cups sliced green onions

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1 cup sliced and blanched okra

salt and cracked black pepper to taste


In a 2-gallon stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, whisk in flour until a light brown roux is achieved. Do not scorch. Should black specks appear, discard and begin again. Add onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add turkey and andouille, blend into vegetable mixture and sauté 15 minutes. Add chicken stock, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce to simmer and cook 1 hour. Add oysters and reserved liquid. Cook an additional 10 minutes. Blend in green onions and parsley. Simmer until edges of oysters begin to curl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over steamed white rice.