Atlanta press calls Chef Ford Fry an “empire builder.” And it’s true. Fry has more than a half dozen restaurants now open, several of which regularly show up on national foodie Best-Of lists. The first time I talked to Fry we discussed greens (which Ford’s really good at) for a food story I was writing. The second time, we chatted about Southern seafood. And the third? Recipes that taste just as good as leftovers as they did the first time around. That’s when Ford gave me this gumbo recipe. It is gutsy, smoky-rich and loaded with flavor–but interestingly enough, doesn’t have any okra in it. Serve it over white rice with snipped scallions and Ford’s Potluck Garlic Bread.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Ford Fry's Duck & Andouille Gumbo Ingredients
- 1 whole fresh duck cut into 8 pieces (keep the extra bones as well. Good Chicago-area sources for fresh duck are the Harrison Poultry Farm on Waukegan Rd. in Glenview, and Paulina Market in Chicago.)
- 8 ounces good-quality andouille sausage, sliced
- Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 1 large or 2 small poblano pepper(s), seeds removed and finely diced
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely diced
- 1 ½ cups celery, finely diced
- 3 to 5 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
- 2 qts good-quality chicken broth or stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/8 cup smoked paprika
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 to 3 Tbsp Crystal hot sauce (or Tabasco sauce, in a pinch)
- Kosher salt to taste
- Pot of steamed, long-grain white rice
- Green onions, chopped fine, for garnish
Potluck Garlic Bread Ingredients
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cloves fresh garlic put through a garlic press, or, finely minced
- 2 Tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley, finely minced
- 2 ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 a large baguette
- 4 squares white or brown butcher paper (or use parchment paper) & butchers twine
1. Brown meats: Season the duck generously with kosher salt and lightly with cayenne pepper. Using a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat, brown the duck and reserved bones. When browned, place duck to the side. In the same skillet, brown the sausage. Turn off heat but keep the fat in the skillet
2. Make roux: Using a the same skillet over medium heat, add the oil and flour to the fat already in the skillet and whisk until smooth. Continue whisking until the roux is slightly lighter than dark chocolate. Immediately remove from the pan or skillet and set aside.
3. Saute vegetables: Using a large soup pot over medium high heat, melt the butter and saute the peppers, celery, onion and garlic. Cook until soft; about five minutes. Add the chicken broth and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and whisk in the reserved roux and the remaining ingredients (including the duck and sausage) with the exception of the salt. Once the duck pieces are fully cooked, remove them from the gumbo and cool slightly. Pick the meat off the bones, slicing large pieces into bite-sized bits, and set aside. Simmer gumbo for about an hour. Check seasoning; season to taste with salt and more hot sauce if you like. Add the reserved duck pieces and chill soup overnight.
4. Make potluck garlic bread: Preheat oven to 400F. Mix all ingredients but the bread. Slicing down vertically, cut numerous slits into the bread about ½ inch apart, without slicing all the way through the bread. Spread the soft butter mixture into the slits. Cut the loaf into 4 pieces. Wrap each piece with butcher/or parchment paper and tie with butchers’ twine. Bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes just before serving.
5. About 45 minutes before you’re ready to serve the soup, scrape off the solid fat which has risen to the top and heat the gumbo slowly. Serve with steamed white rice, snipped green onions, and potluck garlic bread for sopping.