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Dove and Sausage Gumbo

15 ea Dove breasts
1 ea 10-3/4 ounce can consomme
1 ea Beef-flavored bouillon cube
1/2 c Vegetable oil
1/2 c All-purpose flour
1 1/2 c Onion; finely chopped
2 ea Stalks celery; finely chopped
2 tb Worcestershire sauce
2 cl Garlic; minced
1 ea To 2 bay leaves
1/2 ts Dried whole basil
1/4 ts Poultry seasoning
1/4 ts Freshly ground pepper
1/8 ts Ground red pepper
1/8 ts Ground allspice
1/8 ts Ground cloves
3/4 lb Smoked sausage; cut into 1/4 slices
1/4 c Dry red wine
1/8 ts Hot sauce
1 Hot cooked rice


Place dove breasts in Dutch oven, and cover with water. Boil about 10 minutes. Cool and remove meat from bones. Reserve cooking liquid in Dutch oven, adding water if necessary to make 2-1/4 cups liquid. Set meat aside. Add consomme and bouillon cube to Dutch oven. Cook until bouillon cube is dissolved. Brown dove in hot oil in a large skillet; drain well. Pour off all but 1/4 cup oil. Add flour to reserved oil; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until roux is the color of a copper penny (about 10 to 15 minutes). Gradually add about 1-1/2 cups of consomme mixture to roux; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in onion and celery, and cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add roux mixture to remaining consomme mixture, and stir well. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Brown sausage, and drain well. Stir sausage and dove into roux mixture; simmer 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add wine and hot sauce; stir well. Remove bay leaves, and serve gumbo over hot rice. Yield: about 1-3/4 quarts.


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