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At Boston’s Tupelo, chef Rembs Layman prepares rich gumbo with house-made stock and a jerk seasoning blend from Christina’s Spice & Specialty Foods. Try the easy way by using store-bought rotisserie chicken, canned chicken broth and supermarket jerk or Cajun seasoning.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • – vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 large celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 6 oz andouille links, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp prepared jerk paste or 1 tablespoon ground jerk seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp smoked hot paprika
  • 12 oz fresh or thawed frozen okra, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 3 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken, meat shredded, skin and bones discarded
  • – salt
  • – freshly ground pepper
  • – tabasco sauce
  • – steamed rice, for serving
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, whisk the flour with 1/2 cup of oil until smooth. Cook the roux over moderately low heat, whisking often, until deep brown, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Add the onion, celery, bell peppers and garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 20 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the stock to the casserole, whisking until smooth. Add the andouille, bay leaves, jerk paste, thyme and paprika and bring to a simmer. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add the okra to the casserole and simmer until tender, 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken meat and season the gumbo with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Discard the bay leaves, ladle the gumbo over rice, garnish with the scallions and serve with Tabasco.

Recipe Credit: Rembs Layman





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