Vegetable and Sausage Gumbo

Serves:10

Vegetable and Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients

3/4 cup lard, bacon drippings, or butter
2 (13-ounce) packages smoked sausage, cut 1/2-inch thick on the diagonal
1 cup all-purpose
4 large celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, cut into a 1-inch dice
1 large leek, cut into a 1-inch dice
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium parsnip, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes in their juices
1 (6-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
8 cups beef broth
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen cut okra
steamed rice for serving (optional)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the lard, bacon drippings, or butter followed by the sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the sausage from the pot and transfer to a plate. Set aside. Stir the flour into the fat and cook, stirring frequently, until the the flour becomes deep brown in color, but not burnt.

Add the celery, onion, leek, onion, carrot, parsnip, garlic, Cajun seasoning, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pot along with the flour mixture and cook, stirring frequently for 4 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, tomato sauce, bay leaves, beef broth, okra, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables become tender, about 20 minutes. Serve with steamed rice, if desired, sprinkle with fresh parsley, then serve.