Pressure Cooker Chicken Gumbo


I've never been to New Orleans. This cannot stand. I write about food, and I've never been to one of America's greatest food cities. How can I let that happen? Where's my travel agent?

*Stops, looks at credit card statement. Turns slightly pale. Slides statement to the bottom of the pile of bills.

Um…as I was saying, I like to do culinary travel in my own kitchen. New Orleans has a bunch of signature dishes - Jambalaya, etouffee, boudin, po-boys, red beans and rice…the list goes on.
*Man…remind me, why haven't I gone yet?

Gumbo is more than a dish. Gumbo is the perfect description of New Orleans. A collision of cultures mixing into the perfect pot of soup.

Now, I'm not from New Orleans. To paraphrase Terry Pratchett, I'm so far from New Orleans that I've wrapped around and I'm rapidly approaching from the other side. I won't let a little thing like that stop me from making their classic soup.
*PS: No pressure cooker? No worries. Check out the variations section for a non-pressured version of the recipe.

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Chicken Gumbo


Adapted From: Emeril Lagasse, Louisiana, Real and Rustic

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Equipment:

  • 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I used my Cuisinart Electric pressure cooker)


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, preferably andouille, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
Roux:
Aromatics:
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, minced
  • 1 large stalk celery, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 quarts chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Tabasco sauce
Accompaniments:
  • Cooked white rice (preferably long grain, cooked with a tablespoon of butter)
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley leaves

Directions:

1. Brown the sausage and chicken:
Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the smoked sausage and cook until well browned on both sides, about 4 minutes. Remove the sausage to a bowl using a slotted spoon, leaving as much oil behind as possible. Add the chicken thighs to the pot and cook until well browned on both sides, about 6 minutes. Add to the bowl with the sausage, again leaving as much fat behind as possible.

2. Cook the roux:
Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil, flour, and Cajun seasoning to the pressure cooker. Cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes.

3. Saute the aromatics:
Add the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic to the roux. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and cook, stirring often, until the aromatics soften, about 5 minutes.


4. Cook the gumbo:
Stir in the sausage, chicken thighs, and any juices in their bowl. Pour in the chicken broth and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot to make sure the roux isn't sticking. Pour the can of diced tomatoes on top, lock the lid, and bring the pressure cooker to high pressure. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes.

5. Season and serve the gumbo:
Remove the lid from the pressure cooker (carefully, the escaping steam will be very hot). Taste the gumbo, and add salt and pepper as needed, and a splash of Tabasco sauce. (If you use homemade stock, without any added salt, this will take more salt than you think. A tablespoon of Kosher salt usually works for me, but I start with a half tablespoon and keep adding and tasting.) To serve: put a scoop of white rice in a bowl, ladle the soup on top, then sprinkle with parsley. Pass the Tabasco sauce at the table for anyone who likes an extra kick with their dinner.

Variations:

  • No pressure cooker? No problem. Cook the recipe in a sturdy dutch oven or large pot. For step 4, instead of pressure cooking, bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for 45 minutes. Continue with tasting and seasoning in step 5.

Notes:

  • The traditional sausage for gumbo is andouille, but any smoked sausage will work. It won't quite be the same thing...but it will be good.
  • I think I burnt my roux - if you look in the roux pictures, you can see little flecks of black. Remember, keep stirring, instead of posing peanut butter for pictures. Oh, wait, that's a suggestion for me, not you. Never mind.

What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Click here for my other pressure cooker recipes.

Adapted from:

Emeril Lagasse, Louisiana, Real and Rustic

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3 comments:

Chris said...

I've been cooking gumbo for many years with a dry roux made in the microwave with no oil.  Makes for a much lighter gumbo.

Put 3 cups flour in a large heatproof bowl. (I use a very large measuring cup).  Put in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir briskly with a wire whisk. Put in microwave for 1 minute, stir briskly with a wire whisk, repeat until flour starts to brown.  Reduce microwave time to 30 seconds, repeat until roux is medium brown as it will continue to cook.

Important part here, spread the roux out on a sheet pan to let it cool.  If you don't it will burn.

And yes this all gets very hot, be careful and take full protection.  I like to use oven mits to handle the measuring bowl.

This all takes about 10 minutes instead of the hour it will take you to do a roux on the stovetop (if you have done it properly).

Mike V @ DadCooksDinner said...

Interesting trick- I'll have to give it a try!

Randy Johnson said...

i just made this and it is pressure cooking away. Like Chris, i make a dry roux but i bake the flour at 350' until very brown. takes about 45 minutes but it's baking while all the prep work is being done. Either way works and it cuts 2/3's of the fat.

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