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Texas Wild Duck Gumbo
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Difficulty Level: Medium
Recipe Id: USA1011

Texas Wild Duck Gumbo

  • 2 wild ducks
  • 2 celery stalk
  • 1 small onion; sliced
  • 2 small carrots; diced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups onion; chopped
  • 2 cups celery; chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 24 shucked oysters
  • 1/2 cup scallions; sliced
  • 1 cup bell peppers; chopped

To Make the Stock (or see alternate duck stock recipe)

  1. In large pot combine ducks, 2 stalks celery, one small onion (sliced), diced carrots, salt, and gallon water.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 hours, from time to time skimming off the foam.

To Make the Gumbo

  1. Make the roux of flour and vegetable oil until dark and brown.
  2. Add the bell peppers, red and black pepper, celery, and onions.
  3. Remove the ducks from the stock and reduce the broth to 2-1/2 quarts.
  4. Strain and pour over the roux.
  5. Simmer the gumbo for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove all duck meat from the bones, dice in 1/2-inch squares, and add to the gumbo.
  7. Broil the sausage, slice, and also add to the soup.
  8. Add the oysters and scallions at last and bring to a boil.

Serve over rice with Tabasco sauce as needed.


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