POSTED Fri. Nov 28, 2014

New Orleans Moments

Turn That Turkey Carcass Into Turkey Neck Gumbo

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and were able to utilize some of our Turkey Day recipes for the main event. Now that you’re recovering from the food coma, gather up the leftovers and put yourself straight back into a over-consumptive drowsiness with this recipe for Turkey Neck gumbo, courtesy of Liz Williams, director of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Bon app!

Turkey carcass
1/4 c flour
Oil or bacon fat or duck fat
2 large onions, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
One large green bell pepper, chopped
Garlic, minced, at least 3 cloves
Gravy from Thanksgiving turkey
Water or broth
Bay leaf
Leftover turkey meat
Bunch of parsley, chopped

For my taste true is only one reason to eat turkey on Thanksgiving and that is the opportunity to have a turkey carcass & leftovers for making Turkey Bone Gumbo. I always make too much gravy, vegetables and dressing so that these are planned leftovers.

Mark a dark roux with bacon grease or duck fat and the flour. When the roux has reached the right color add the chopped onions. Stir well and allow the onions to begin to caramelize. Add celery and bell peppers. Add garlic. When the vegetables are all soft, add the sausage. After browning the sausage, add the leftover gravy. (Even if the gravy contains mushrooms and other vegetables, as mine does, add it all. My turkey gravy almost always contains mushrooms. I make a bed of carrots and sit the turkey on it in the roasting pan. Although everyone eats these carrots at the Thanksgiving meal, there are usually some leftover and they go into the gumbo pot. And if I have peas in roux, I put them into the pot also.) Add stock or water to cover everything in the pot. Add the turkey carcass.

Add leftover turkey cut into bite-sized pieces. Add bay leaves and thyme. Simmer at least 2 hours so that the flavors can meld. Taste and adjust seasonings – especially salt and pepper. Add the chopped parsley. Remove the carcass before serving.

I always make a cornbread and oyster dressing which I serve with the turkey on Thanksgiving. (Sometimes I also add crawfish) [editor’s note recipe here]. Instead of serving my Turkey Bone Gumbo with rice, I plop a large dollop of this dressing into the bowl of gumbo (as with potato salad). I serve this gumbo with hot sauce and file on the table.

In anticipation of the sassafras of the file on the gumbo, I usually baste the turkey with at least one bottle of root beer. This not only helps impart a beautiful color to the turkey’s skin, but adds a sweet richness to the gravy and dripping. In turn this adds a haunting sweetness to the gumbo, with a sassafras completion with the sprinkling of file at the table.

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