Earl Campbell's Hot Link Gumbo Recipe

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Earl Campbell's Hot Link Gumbo
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  1. Serving suggestions: steamed rice, soda crackers such as Saltines and Louisiana hot sauce.
  2. Start by making the roux. In a heavy bottomed pan, preferably a cast-iron skillet, melt the bacon fat and stir in the flour. It's important to keep stirring this until it turns a deep dark brown. Usually about 30 minutes. Also remember once it is brown to remove it from the burner and it will continue to cook as the pan is still really hot.
  3. For the gumbo: Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the celery, onions and green and red bell peppers. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Cut the hot links in 1/4-inch half-moons and add to the pot. Add the water, clam base, chili powder, thyme, oregano, garlic, paprika, cayenne, chicken base, hot sauce and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Take 1 cup of the liquid and stir it into the still hot roux; it will expand to double the size. Add this to the gumbo and stir it in well bring it back to a boil. Once it has thickened, turn off the heat and stir in the okra and gumbo file. (At this point you have a nice base that you can add your choice of proteins to, anything from crawfish, shrimp, crab, chicken or a combination.)
  5. Serve in a bowl with steamed rice, soda crackers and Louisiana hot sauce.
  6. This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1689.36 Kcal (7073 kJ)
Calories from fat 1215.68 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 135.08g 208%
Cholesterol 232.48mg 77%
Sodium 1035.71mg 43%
Potassium 1305.03mg 28%
Total Carbs 108.3g 36%
Sugars 15.46g 62%
Dietary Fiber 18.54g 74%
Protein 19.16g 38%
Vitamin C 100.6mg 168%
Vitamin A 2.4mg 80%
Iron 37.3mg 207%
Calcium 521.1mg 52%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 110.54 Kcal (463 kJ)
Calories from fat 79.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.84g 208%
Cholesterol 15.21mg 77%
Sodium 67.77mg 43%
Potassium 85.39mg 28%
Total Carbs 7.09g 36%
Sugars 1.01g 62%
Dietary Fiber 1.21g 74%
Protein 1.25g 38%
Vitamin C 6.6mg 168%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 80%
Iron 2.4mg 207%
Calcium 34.1mg 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 44.2
  • 47

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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