*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
                                Turkey Gumbo
 Recipe By     : Laurie Duren
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : maincourses
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         turkey bones
                         water to cover
                         salt and pepper
      3/4  cup           flour
      3/4  cup           oil or bacon drippings
    2                    onions -- chopped
    1                    bell pepper -- chopped
    3      stalks        celery -- chopped
    1 1/2  teaspoons     garlic -- minced
    2      quarts        turkey stock
    1      pound         canned tomatoes -- chopped
      1/2  teaspoon      ground bay leaves
      1/2  teaspoon      dried basil
      1/4  teaspoon      hot red chile peppers
    1      pound         ham -- diced
 ***If you DON'T have any leftovers, begin here:***
 Place turkey carcass in large sauce pot w/water to cover.  Sprinkly salt &
 pepper on top.  Stir and let boil about 1 1/2 hrs.  Remove carcass and meat,
 reserving broth.  Go on to next step below.
 ***If you DO have leftovers, begin here:***
 Cut turkey into bite sized pieces. Brown flour in ioil to make a dark roux.
 Add vegetables and stir till soft.  Stir in a cup or so of hot stock, then
 roux into stock pot w/reserved broth.  Cook 1/2 hour, then add tomatoes,
 turkey, seasonings, and ham and cook another 1/2 hr.  Serve w/ rice, file
 (ground sassafrass leaves), and Tabasco.  Serves 8-10.
 NOTE:  Gumbo gets better and better the longer it sits.  Make it a day or two
 ahead, if you can.  Also, you may add chopped okra (the word “gumbo” comes
 an African word for okra) when you add your other vegetables, but watch your
 roux if you do--the okra will make it thicken very quickly.
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