Turkey Bone Gumbo

Don't throw that carcass away! Use it to make this heavenly gumbo!!!

Start by melting 2 cups of fat or oil in a heavy pot. I used duck fat.

Whisk in 2 cups of flour. This is how you make a roux. Whisk over medium heat until it develops a dark brown color. Be careful not to let it burn.

The finished roux should be the color of dark brown sugar. Here it is about half way done. The roux will take about 45 minutes to an hour.

See how dark the roux is? Have your vegetables prepped in advance. The moment your roux is ready, dump the diced onions, peppers and celery in to it and stir. I used 4 peppers, 6 large stalks of celery and 2 large onions. I had some red pepper so I added it too!

Make sure all of the vegetables are mixed thoroughly with the roux.

Sprinkle in a few tablespoons of black pepper, some cayenne depending on how hot you want your gumbo, some Cajun seasoning (Emeril's Essence) and some salt.

Add some Andouille sausage and some kielbasa.

Add about 4-6 quarts of the stock you made from your turkey carcass.

Bring to a slight boil and then turn it to a simmer and let it cook for 1 1/2 hours.

I added 2 containers of Knorr's chicken stock concentrate. Once it start to thicken, taste it and adjust the seasoning.

One of my pumpkin pies.

While the gumbo is simmering, dice up your leftover turkey.

When the gumbo is ready, add the turkey and cook for about ten more minutes.

These sandwiches are a good way to use leftover turkey too. I made my potato rolls and topped them with 'everything' topping.

Split the buns and fill them with turkey, onions and blue cheese.

Spread them with leftover cranberry relish.

Just before serving the gumbo, add a bunch of fresh chopped up parsley.

Serve it with a scoop of rice sprinkled with green onions. Pass around file' powder for everyone to add just before eating.

The cone head really enjoyed her Thanksgiving dinner.

She took a little tryptophan nap afterwards.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!


Your pie looks sooo pretty. That gumbo really is so good. I can't believe how much meat comes off those old turkey bones.

Teddy looks very happy, like she just had a big plate of turkey. haha
brokenteepee said…
Poor Teddy. I hope she gets her cone off soon.

Glad you had a good holiday
Anonymous said…
well thats a sad face, Teddy I mean, poor doggy.
This Canadian has never had gumbo but boy this ison my to do list, wow, thats some good gumbo,, ( I had to say that), I heard him say that on Drivers Diners and Dives, the turkey sandwiches look heavenly,
trump said…
Looks great Oct, but i think ill be staying away from turkey for just a little while. I think i ate too much of it this year, but ill be ready for round 2 soon,lol. Richard
Bookncoffee said…
Enjoyed reading about your turkey bone gumbo. Getting some ideas here. We love to cook at our house. We did already make our stock with the leftover carcus. It's actually frozen in the freezer for later use. We are making turkey pot pie with the left over turkey.
Marigold said…
Teddy manages to still look wonderful even with a cone on her head! Wish I could do that.
I love the maple leaves on your pumpkin pie! *wipes away patriotic tear from eye*
Hope you do not mind. I am going to share your recipes with family. Gumbo looks delicious and the sandwiches are going to be on my plate very soon. OH TEDDY, you are such a sweetie. I am glad you enjoyed your turkey feast, cone and all. Take care.
Unknown said…
What a great alternative to the standard after-thanksgiving soup! Definitely saving this for the christmas bird.