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Old 04-13-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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ISO advice/help making gumbo?

made my first gumbo this weekend, when I made the roux it went well until I added the veggies (celery, onion, pepper) at which time it all gunked up. I went ahead w/ it & it came out ok but I'd have liked to be able to cook the veggies a little before I added the broth. any ideas what I did wrong.



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Old 04-13-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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Not sure what you mean by "all gunked up". What was wrong with the finished product that made it just OK?

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Old 04-13-2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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I'm not sure either.. When you put anything into a thick roux like one for gumbo it always looks yucky (IMO). So as Andy said why was the end result just ok..
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:19 AM   #4
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I saute my veg and make my roux in separate pans and don't combine until I'm ready to start adding the broth.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:56 PM   #5
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I added the veggies expecting to be able to saute them, instead everything clumped up & I went ahead & added the liquid. Two things I'll do differently next time, cook the roux a little longer & saute the veggies seperately.

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Old 04-13-2010, 02:13 PM   #6
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It has to do with your flour to fat ratio...I personally don't like a thin (lots of fat) roux. I prefer one that is heavy on flour if anything. It sounds like your roux was just about right...not to thin. So when you put the veggies in ...they clumped up....Given a little time the veggies would have released moisture and the roux would have thinned out a little....Increasing the oil (or less flour) will make a thinner roux...less clumping....also more fat in the Gumbo. ... After roux cools, often times some fat will rise to the surface and you can pour it off...HTH....Gotta run!!!!

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