Two years ago when my son cooked Chicken and Dumplings using a rotisserie chicken and canned biscuits, a whole new world opened for me. Cooking got simpler.
It’s hard to remember grocery stores without rotisserie chickens sitting in their little red-checkered cardboard boxes or black plastic roosts under hot lights, but according to The Washington Post, these poultry wonders didn’t appear in stores until 1985. Now more than 600 million rotisserie chickens are sold every year in the U.S. Martha Stewart bought one of them for today’s Quick Half Hour Gumbo.
Real Estate Gumbo, today’s second recipe, is also a chicken and sausage gumbo, but calls for a whole smoked chicken. A rotisserie chicken plus a drop of Liquid Smoke should work just as well in place of the smoked chicken. The recipe comes from River Road Recipes III: A Healthy Collection, a calorie-conscious version of the popular Junior League of Baton Rouge cookbook, available on Amazon.
I don’t know why this gumbo is called “Real Estate.” Dozens of possibilities come to mind. Surely it’s not because everything owned is in the gumbo. If you know the origin of the name, please leave a comment and solve the gumbo mystery.