African-Creole Turkey Gumbo

This Kwanzaa favorite has a Cajun flair.


For convenience, use 1-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning in place of the crushed red pepper, paprika, thyme, black pepper, and ground red pepper.

+ enlarge image Serve with hot rice and a cool salad or your favorite greens.
  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cut okra, thawed (12 oz.)
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz. cooked andouille or smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup chopped cooked turkey or chicken
  • 4 oz. cooked crabmeat, cut into bite-sized pieces (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 tsp. file powder (gumbo file)
  • 5 cups hot cooked rice
  • Bottled hot pepper sauce
  • Fresh marjoram sprigs (optional)

1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Rinse shrimp and pat dry; set aside.

2. Cook okra in the 2 tablespoons oil and sugar in a saucepan about 8 minutes or until almost tender. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and set aside.

3. For roux, stir together flour and the 1/2 cup oil in a heavy 4-quart Dutch oven until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a long-handled wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium, Cook and stir constantly 10 to 15 minutes more or until roux is a dark reddish-brown. Stir in onion, celery, green pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, paprika, thyme, black pepper, and ground red pepper (or Cajun seasoning, if using). Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

4. Gradually stir broth into roux mixture. Stir in tomato paste and bay leaf. Bring mixture to boiling. Add shrimp. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Stir in sausage, turkey, crabmeat if using, cooked okra, peanut butter, and file powder. Heat through. Discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over hot cooked rice. Pass hot pepper sauce. Garnish with fresh marjoram sprigs, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 415 cal., 22 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 77 mg chol, 501mg sodium, 37 g carbo, 2 g fiber, 18 g pro. Daily values: 9% vit. A, 25% vit. C, 5%calcium, 22% iron.

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