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Moorhen and Smoked Sausage Gumbo

1/4 cup bacon grease
1 pound sliced okra
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 large onion -- chopped
1 green bell pepper -- chopped
2 celery ribs -- chopped
7 cups hot water
Cubed breast meat from 5 moorhens
1 pound smoked sausage -- cut bite size
1 bunch green onions -- chopped
1 garlic clove -- minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon thyme
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste
Worcestershire sauce -- to taste
Tabasco sauce -- to taste


Cook okra in 2 tablespoons bacon grease and set aside.


Make a roux by heating the remaining bacon grease and the butter in a large Dutch oven; stir in the flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until roux is light brown. Add onion, bell pepper and celery, and cook until onion is clear.


Add three cups hot water, moorhen meat, sausage, okra, green onions, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat 2 hours.


Add four more cups hot water, and Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco to taste. Cook over low heat 2 hours.


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