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Nawlins-Style Venison Gumbo

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Nawlins-Style Venison Gumbo

We hope everyone had a delicious Fat Tuesday this week! We wanted to share our latest test recipe as we gave a shout-out to America’s hometown for Mardi Gras. The aromas from the combination of slow cooking meat, seafood, and spices had our mouths watering hours before we got to dig in. With one little tweak to the recipe that you’ll see in our ‘Photos and Feedback’ section below, we know we won’t be waiting for next year’s Mardi Gras to enjoy this again. Bon Appétit!


  • 2 lb. venison stew meat
  • 1 lb. venison sausage, Italian sausage optional (we used leftover venison bratwursts from last weekend’s Traverse City Winter Microbrew and Music Festival)
  • 1 (16oz) bag frozen okra
  • 1 (15oz) can tomatoes, crushed or diced
  • 1 (14oz) can beef broth
  • 1 (6oz) can oysters, shrimp optional
  • 1 (4oz) can green chili peppers, mild or hot
  • 2 cans water
  • 1/2 c. clam juice (you can buy this bottled)
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4-5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 Tbs. parsley
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. each: basil, chives, ground mustard, and Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Brown sausage in a skillet and drain. In a 6-quart slow cooker, add stew meat, sausage, and all other ingredients. Cook on high 5-6 hours. Serve over your choice of rice or other grain (we chose brown rice). Add hot sauce or hot pepper flakes for more kick.

Photos and Feedback:

This meal was a crowd pleaser: lean protein made tender by stewing, lots of veggies, and bold flavor without being too spicy. However, we did think the broth was a little thin. Next time we would want to add some kind of thickening agent like cornstarch. Any suggestions? We’d love to hear.

Spices and fresh produce for gumbo

Raw ingredients all coming together (missing from photo: okra and two cans water)

Finished product didn’t stick around too long