Life has been super hectic here! Work, kids, husband, you know the drill. I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. But here is a delicious recipe that's sure to be worth the wait.
SMOKED SAUSAGE CREOLE
1/2 lb smoked sausage, sliced thinly
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups water
In a large pot (I like to use cast iron) make a light roux. Here's how: Heat oil over medium-low heat.
Whisk in the flour until smooth.
Stir constantly, slowly. Do not stop stirring or your roux will burn and be ruined.
Once it is lightly browned (the color of cafe au lait, or coffee with milk) it is done.
Add the chopped onion, celery and bell pepper. Stir well. This will slow the cooking of the roux.
Season the veggies with Creole seasoning. I like Tony Chacheres.
Add the sausage and diced tomatoes with juice. Stir.
It will be thick.
Add the water and stir well.
Season to taste again with Creole seasoning, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
Turn the heat up to high, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
It will thicken up nicely. Serve over rice.
My family loves this dish. My daughter even likes it better than my gumbo. It's really easy and so comforting. Perfect for a cold or rainy evening. Warms up your soul. Enjoy!