Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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      Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
      2 lb bone-in chicken legs or thighs (or a combination)
      2 qt chicken broth or stock
      1/2 cup vegetable oil
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      1 onion, diced
      1 celery rib, diced
      6 cloves garlic, minced
      1 bell pepper, diced
      10-oz bag frozen okra, thawed
      salt and pepper to taste
      pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
      2 bay leaves
      1 tsp dried thyme
      1 lb andouille sausage, cut into small discs
      In a saucepan, heat chicken and broth or stock over medium-high heat until boiling.

      Reduce heat to warm and simmer, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes.
      About 20 minutes before the stock is done simmering, make the roux by heating oil in the bottom of a large stockpot over medium heat until oil moves freely along the bottom of the pan. Add the flour gradually, stirring with a wooden spoon to remove any lumps. Lower heat slightly and cook roux, stirring constantly, for about 15 to 20 min, or until the mixture is nutty-smelling and copper-brown.
      Add onions, celery, garlic, bell pepper, and okra.

      Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until vegetables are lightly browned and fragrant. Then lower heat to warm and let vegetables simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 min. While vegetables simmer, continue to next step.
      Remove chicken from broth with tongs and cut meat off bones and into bite-sized chunks.

      (Discard bones at this point.) Add chicken to vegetable-roux mixture and stir to coat with roux. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring, for another min or two.
      Slowly add stock to vegetables and chicken, stirring as you go.

      Add cayenne (if using), bay leaves, and thyme. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. When soup reaches boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 min.

      Add sausage and simmer for 30 min more. Taste soup and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately over white rice.

      Serves 6-8
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