Monday, January 5, 2009

Kinda Gamy

My big brother is awesome. He is a registered Maine Guide and breeds bird dogs (English Setters). Every year he, his wife, and his in-laws throw this feast of wild game. There are tables filled with soups, stews, dips, etc. of meats that he and his friends have shot during hunting season. Then they also fry and grill up meats to serve fresh at another counter. For those of you who don't know me, I don't eat meat nor does my husband. We like to go and support big brother and dine on mac and cheese and salad...and dessert of course!

This year my brother asked me if I would make a wild game gumbo for him. I kind of laughed at first. Even when I did eat meat I didn't eat red meat and I rarely cooked with meat. Still, I took on his challenge. He gave me the recipe out of "Ducks Unlimited" and provided me with smoked sausage, shrimp, homemade chicken stock, and venison (thank goodness it was all cut into chunks already).

I took this picture because I want people to know I really had raw deer meat! (gave me the heebie geebies but the cats LOVED the smell of it cooking)

I cooked this in a crock pot thinking it would better meld the flavors. After simmering away all day I added 1.5 cups of rice since I was transporting this to a party. I tried a spoonful of the rice and a shrimp before leaving and thought it was really tasty. If I were serving to a bunch of my adult friends I would have spiced it up a bunch but I knew that there were kids at this gathering so I kept it mild. We think we might try to make something similar with a bunch of seafood!

Duck Gumbo
Ducks Unlimited Magazine
Serves: 8-10

1/2 cup peanut oil (I used veggie)
4 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups onion, diced
1 1/2 cups bell pepper, any color, seeded and diced
1 pound Andouille sausage (or your favorite smoked sausage), diced
3 cups boneless, skinless duck breast fillets, each cut into 3 or 4 pieces (I used venison)
3 quarts chicken broth
1 tablespoon filé powder (Don't know what it is so it didn't go in)
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
6–8 cups cooked warm white rice

1. In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, combine peanut oil and flour to make the roux. Cook while stirring constantly until roux is mahogany in color. Remove from heat and stir in onions and peppers (this will help cool the roux).

2. In a large, heavy stockpot over medium heat, cook sausage until browned. Add duck and cook until browned. Add chicken broth, filé powder, paprika, salt, and garlic. Stir in roux mixture thoroughly and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until duck is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

3. Once duck is tender, stir in shrimp, thyme, and parsley. Cook until shrimp is pink, about 4 to 6 minutes more. Mound about 3/4 cup rice in bowls and ladle gumbo over.

1 comment:

bensbaby116 said...

This looks fantastic! I'm always looking for new ways to use duck because my husband loves it so much. Thanks for posting!