Friday, January 18, 2019

Sausage And Chicken Gumbo


I love this guy Emeril...Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo with White Rice
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse from The Essence of Emeril

Serves: 6 to 7 cups, 6 to 8 servings
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 pound smoked sausage, such as andouille or kielbasa, cut crosswise 1/2-inch thick pieces
4 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed (I used 1.75 pounds of boneless, skinless thighs)
1 tablespoon Essence or Creole seasoning, recipe follows
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped bell peppers
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
3 bay leaves
9 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
1 tablespoon filé powder*
White long grain rice
Hot sauce

In a large enameled cast iron Dutch oven or large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until well browned, about 8 minutes. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Season the chicken with the Essence and add in batches to the fat remaining in the pan. Cook over medium-high heat until well browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan, let cool, and then refrigerate until ready to use.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup oil and the flour in the same Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook, stirring slowly and constantly for 20 to 25 minutes, to make a dark brown roux, the color of chocolate.

Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and cook, stirring, until wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the reserved sausage, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves, stir, and cook for 2 minutes. Stirring, slowly add the chicken stock, and cook, stirring, until well combined. Slowly adding the stock is key, allowing the stock to be completely incorporated into the roux.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
Add the reserved chicken to the pot and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, skimming off any fat that rises to the surface.

Remove the pot from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken thighs from the gumbo and place on a cutting board to cool slightly. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Shred, discarding the bones and skin. Return the meat to the gumbo and stir in the green onions, parsley, and file powder.
Spoon rice into the bottom of deep bowls or large cups and ladle the gumbo on top. Serve, passing hot sauce on the side.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Garlic Cheese Biscuits / Buttermilk Southern Biscuits





Garlic Cheese Biscuits

1 cup milk
1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups self raising flour (up to 1/2 cup more may be necessary)
3 garlic cloves, minced very fine
1 1⁄2 cups grated cheddar cheese
melted butter

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat together in a medium bowl the milk, mayo, sugar, 2 cups flour and garlic, adding 1/2 cup more flour (if necessary) so that dough can be dropped from a spoon and hold its shape. At that point, streak dough with cheese. Drop by spoonful 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet.
Brush a little melted butter on the top of each biscuit and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.


1 stick frozen butter

2 1/2 cups White Lily® Enriched Bleached Self-rising Flour(make the best baking products).

1 cup cold buttermilk

2 tablespoons butter, melted to brush on top

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 475°. Grate frozen butter using large holes of a box grater. Toss together grated butter and flour in a medium bowl. Chill 10 minutes.

Add buttermilk and stir about 10 or 15 times.

Pour dough out onto a floured surface. Lightly sprinkle flour on top of dough. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle. Fold dough in half making sure ends meet. Repeat rolling and folding process 4 more times.

Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch floured biscuits cutter, reshaping dough pieces and flouring as needed.

Place biscuits rounds on a lightly greased jelly-roll pan.make sure biscuits are touching each other, this will help them to rise. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.