2 whole chickens
1 ½ pounds of smoked sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot
1 celery rib
1 large onion, diced
Parsely
1 bay leaf
½ cup white wine
1teaspoon salt & pepper

Add all these ingredients in a large stockpot, cover and boil for 1 hour.
Strain broth and set aside.
Remove chicken from the bone, set aside.

1 ½ lbs fresh okra
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Sauté the okra in a pan until no longer sticky,set aside

2 med onions,diced
2 med bell peppers,diced
2 celery stalks,diced

½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and oil, stirring until it becomes a dark brown roux. Do not burn; this is what sets your gumbo. This takes about 20minutes

Add onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic. Stir until soft. Add salt.

Add 5 cups of broth, okra, tomatoes, chicken, sausage, and the rest of the spices.Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

If you are adding shrimp, add at the last minute.

Add File powder to taste.

Serve over a bowl of rice with a crusty piece of bread

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