Reduced Fat Turkey Gumbo

8 cups homemade turkey stock (use leftover carcass) or canned low sodium chicken broth

2 Tbsp. canola oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup flour

1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced

2 1/2 cups leftover roasted turkey chunks

1 tsp. creole seasoning or to taste

14 oz. can sliced okra, optional

several dashes tabasco sauce


Brown the flour in a cast iron frying pan in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.  Stir frequently until evenly browned and about the color of peanut butter.  Remove to cool, then sift.  Combine the dry browned flour with 2 cups of cold turkey stock and whisk to a slurry.  Set aside.


Saute the onion, celery, and bell pepper in oil over medium heat until clear, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute or two.  Add the remaining 6 cups turkey stock and bring to a simmer.  Add the slurry and whisk well, then add the sausage and simmer on medium low for about 15 minutes.  Add the turkey chunks and heat for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, then add the creole seasoning, tabasco, and okra (if using).  Heat through and serve over fluffy white rice.