Make-Ahead Casserole Meals

Smoked Sausage Gumbomake-ahead-Casserole Meals

Smoked Sausage Gumbo Casserole
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  1. 3/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  2. 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  3. 1 cup chopped celery
  4. 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  5. 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  6. 2 cups rice
  7. 1 quart chicken broth
  8. 2 (14.5-ounce) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  9. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  10. 1 (16-ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced and cooked
  11. 2 cups frozen sliced okra
  12. 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  13. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  14. 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  15. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  16. Garnish: chopped green onions, fresh oregano leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 4-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and
  3. bell peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add rice; cook for 2 minutes, stirring
  4. constantly. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook,
  5. covered, until rice is tender, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. In a medium skillet, combine remaining 1/2 cup vegetable oil and flour; cook over medium heat,
  7. stirring constantly, until roux is a caramel color, about 10 minutes. Transfer roux to
  8. Dutch oven.
  9. Add sausage, okra, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning, and garlic powder to
  10. Dutch oven, stirring to combine. Spoon mixture into
  11. prepared pan.
  12. Cover with heavy-duty foil, and bake until heated through, 30 to 45 minutes. Uncover, and
  13. garnish with green onions and oregano, if desired.
Southern Lady Magazine
MAKE-AHEAD INFO: Spray a 4-quart freezer-safe baking dish with cooking spray. Follow steps 2 through 4. Spray a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover baking dish, sprayed side down, and freeze. To cook, preheat oven to 300°. Bake, still covered in foil, for 2 hours. Increase oven temperature to 350°, and follow step 5.
TWIST ON TRADITION: Loaded with okra, tomatoes, rice, and smoked sausage, this recipe brings the favorite flavors of gumbo to a convenient all-in-one dish. Vary the hot sauce to suit the preference of the recipient, and craft a pretty presentation with a tea towel, handwritten card, and notes for baking.

From Southern Lady, September 2016