Turkey Oyster Gumbo

Turkey Oyster Gumbo in a bowl with rice

This Turkey Oyster Gumbo is so good, you’ll want to make it even if you don’t have leftover turkey. But if you are looking for something to do with that leftover turkey, don’t miss this opportunity.  Oysters just seem a natural partner for turkey, whether its in a holiday stuffing or this delicious gumbo.  Try this no-angst recipe from Sweet Daddy D and you’ll see why it has become a Louisiana post-Thanksgiving tradition.

Turkey Oyster Gumbo in a bowl with rice, spoon and potato salad
Sweet Daddy D's Turkey Oyster Gumbo
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This is the perfect way to use your leftover holiday turkey. Oysters and turkey just seem to go together in a wonderful way. Try this and you'll see why it has become a post-Thanksgiving Louisiana tradition!
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
Turkey Oyster Gumbo in a bowl with rice, spoon and potato salad
Sweet Daddy D's Turkey Oyster Gumbo
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This is the perfect way to use your leftover holiday turkey. Oysters and turkey just seem to go together in a wonderful way. Try this and you'll see why it has become a post-Thanksgiving Louisiana tradition!
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
Servings Prep Time
15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
95 Minutes 254
This is What You Need
Herb and Spice Blend
This is What You Do
  1. Pull the turkey meat from the leftover turkey carcass, chop into bite size pieces or shred, sprinkle on some creole seasoning and set aside. Measure out the flour and vegetable oil. Mix the Herb and Spice Blend in a small bowl and set that aside. Chop the vegetables and set aside. Chop the garlic and set aside in a small bowl. Drain the oysters in a strainer set over a bowl, but do not rinse. Place this in the fridge until needed. Reserve whatever oyster liquid you have.
  2. Place the turkey stock in a stock pot and start heating it on low. Keep it covered and on low so it does not reduce.
  3. Place a large cast iron frying pan over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil to the frying pan. When the oil is shimmering whisk in the flour to make a medium roux.
  4. As soon as the roux is dark enough add the veggies about half or a third at a time and stir to completely mix the veggies with the roux.
  5. Continue to cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently and scrapping the bits off the bottom, careful not to let it burn or scorch. This will take at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add in the garlic and green onions and continue to cook until aromatic, usually a couple of minutes.
  7. Mix in about half the spice mix and the 2 bay leaves; a mix well and cook for another five minutes.
  8. Turn up the heat on the stock pot and bring the turkey stock to a rolling boil.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, mix in the veggie/roux mix, one spoonful at a time, stirring each spoonful until everything is blended and mixed with the stock, making sure it returns to a rolling boil in between each spoonful. Continue this, one spoonful at a time until all the veggie/roux mix has been added to the stock.
  10. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat slightly to a heavy simmer and maintain for about 15 minutes, uncovered. Then lower the heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  11. After 30 minutes, uncover and add the turkey pieces a few at a time, stirring them into the stock in a similar fashion as you did the veggies, letting it come back to a rolling boil between each spoonful.
  12. Add a little more spice mix, stir well.
  13. Turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and simmer for about a 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  14. Uncover and bring to a heavy boil. Add the oysters, by hand, a few at a time, stirring before adding more. When all the oysters have been added, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  15. Prior to serving, take a spoon and skim off the grease which has floated to the top. Give the gumbo a good stir then taste for seasoning-add a little more of the Herb and Spice Blend or some more salt and black pepper, if needed. If you want more oyster flavor, add some of the reserved oyster liquid. Remove the bay leaves and serve over rice with some potato salad and crispy french bread.
Recipe Notes

If you have time, making your own turkey stock makes this gumbo really great. Check out my recipe for homemade stock here.   If you don't have time to make fresh turkey stock, this recipe is still great if you use commercial turkey stock or substitute chicken stock.

If you don't have left over turkey, use some turkey breasts and thighs (about a pound total).

Many commercial creole seasoning mixes and commercial stocks contain high levels of salt. Make sure to adjust your added salt according to the creole seasoning.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Turkey Oyster Gumbo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 431mg 18%
Potassium 345mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 6%
Iron 29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Turkey Stock

Making turkey stock

The heart of many great dishes is a rich stock. This recipe makes about 8 cups of rich turkey stock which can be used in many ways, including soups, sauces and gumbos.

Making turkey stock
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The heart of many great dishes is a rich stock. This recipe makes about 8 cups of rich turkey stock which can be used in many ways, including soups, sauces and gumbos.
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
Making turkey stock
Sweet Daddy D's Homemade Turkey Stock
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The heart of many great dishes is a rich stock. This recipe makes about 8 cups of rich turkey stock which can be used in many ways, including soups, sauces and gumbos.
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
Servings Prep Time
8 Cups 30 minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
4 hours 124
This is What You Need
Herb Bundle
This is What You Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a heavy baking sheet with nonstick spray or a light coat of vegetable oil.
  2. Pull all the meat off the carcass from a leftover turkey. Reserve the meat to add to gumbo later. Break the bones into manageable pieces and place them along with the back, neck and giblets (if available) on the baking sheet. Roast in the 425 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. While the turkey bones are roasting, cut the onion and bell pepper in half and the celery and carrots into 1" to 2" pieces. Tie the fresh herbs together with butcher twine and place the black pepper corns in a garni bag or wrap in cheese cloth.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large stock put until shimmering. Add the vegetables, cut side down to the oil and saute until starting to brown. Add the ham hock, bay leaves and herb bundle-stir well so everything gets a hit of olive oil.
  5. Remove the turkey carcass from the oven and add the bones to the stockpot, making sure to add any juice and fond that had developed while roasting the bones. Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  6. Throw in the black pepper corns and 24 cups of cold water into the stock pot and stir to make sure everything settles.
  7. Bring the stock pot to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes, then lower to a simmer.
  8. Continue to simmer for a total of three hours, covering the pot occasionally to control the evaporation.
  9. Skim off any scum that developed on top and discard.
  10. When finished, remove everything with a large slotted spoon and strain the stock through cheesecloth into a container.
Recipe Notes

This is  the perfect use for a leftover turkey carcass. Make sure to strip as much meat off as you can and use it in whatever the final dish is.

Most fresh or frozen turkeys come with the neck, heart, gizzards and liver-this is call the giblets. They will be in a bag stuffed into the cavity of the bird. Take those out and use them in the stock.

Roasting the bones is optional but enhances the flavor of depth which isn't there if you don't roast them.

Use whole black peppercorns. If you can get one of those little garni bags or use some cheese cloth to tie them together, you won't have to be concerned that someone will bite into a peppercorn.

This stock can be refrigerated for about four days and frozen for about six months. Same with the carcass. If you can't use it right away, a couple of days in the fridge, then freeze it for up to six month. few months.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Daddy D's Homemade Turkey Stock
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 382mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 72%
Vitamin C 70%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

 

 

 

Eggplant stuffed with shrimp on a platter
Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant
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Commonly referred to as Eggplant Pirogues-eggplant hollowed out like the ubiquitous Cajun boat (pirogue), these eggplants are stuffed full of a mixture of smothered eggplant, vegetables and shrimp in Louisiana seasonings. They're baked to a golden brown and deliver an unparalleled South Louisiana treat. This is so delicious, you'll never believe how simple it is.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time Calories Per Serving
6Servings 30Minutes 60Minutes 45Minutes 364
This Is What You Need
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This Is What You Need
Units:
This Is What You Do
    To prepare the eggplant
    1. Slice whole eggplant lengthwise. Cut a cross hatch in the eggplant with a sharp utility knife and brush some olive oil over the eggplant. (See Recipe Notes)
    2. Place the eggplant, cut side down on a baking rack and place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the eggplant meat is soft.
    3. Allow to cool. Scoop out the meat, leaving about ¼ inch of the shell-resembling a little boat.
    4. Chop the scooped-out eggplant and set aside.
    Prepare the shrimp
    1. Peel, de-vein and rinse the shrimp, then pat dry with paper towels.
    2. Chop about ¾ of the shrimp into small pieces, leave the remainder whole.
    3. Mix with some creole seasoning and set aside.
    Prepare the stuffing
    1. Heat butter in a dutch oven over medium high heat until bubbly.
    2. Saute the onions, bell peppers and celery in the butter until beginning to caramelize, about 8 to 10 minutes.
    3. Add the garlic and green onions and saute until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
    4. Mix in about half of the Herb and Spice Blend and the bay leaves. Saute about 2 minutes.
    5. Add in the chopped eggplant; reduce heat to medium, cover the dutch oven and slow simmer about 10 to 15 minutes.
    6. Add the Worcestershire sauce and the stock, uncover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the eggplant is very soft and mash-able. (See Recipe Notes)
    7. Add in the shrimp, mix well and saute until the shrimp start to turn pink, simmer about 5 to 10 minutes.
    8. Stir in the breadcrumbs, starting with about half and adding more until you have the consistency of a filling.
    9. Add in the rest of the Herb and Spice Blend, mix well.
    10. Remove from heat, cover the dutch oven and let sit for about 5 minutes.
    11. Remove the lid and allow the eggplant to cool about 15 minutes before stuffing. Remove bay leaves.
    Stuff eggplant and bake
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
    2. With a spatula or wooden spoon, stuff the eggplant mixture into the eggplant halves, pushing to fill all the voids.
    3. Once all the filling has been used, sprinkle some bread crumbs on top and place 2 or 3 small tabs of butter on top of each.
    4. Place in the 350 degree oven and Bake until browning on top,
    Recipe Notes

    Use a purple (either Globe or Italian) eggplant for this recipe, and you could actually substitute zucchini with a slight change in the flavor profile.

    Slice the eggplant lengthwise through the center of the stem. With a sharp knife, cut a crosshatch in the meat. This will help get some  olive oil into the eggplant for baking.  The trick is not using too much olive oil-the eggplant will soak it up and all of a sudden you've got way too much olive oil. Just a nice little brush all over the cut side will do the trick.

    How long you'll need to smother the eggplant with the seasonings and the stock will depend on how tender the eggplant is to start. If you left it in the oven until it's very tender, it won't take long. If its a little tough or raw, it will take longer. Either way make sure to cook the eggplant until very tender before stuffing.

    Remember that most commercial creole seasonings have a high salt content, so make sure that you taste the stuffing before you add any more salt.

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 364 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 6g 30%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Cholesterol 177mg 59%
    Sodium 1578mg 66%
    Potassium 1070mg 31%
    Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
    Sugars 12g
    Protein 28g 56%
    Vitamin A 19%
    Vitamin C 46%
    Calcium 15%
    Iron 26%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.