If this time of the year is crazy hectic for you, I can totally relate! I love it though. Just love it! It excites me! Wouldn’t change this madness for anything in the world. Gathering our loved ones under one single roof means everything to me. With everyone’s busy lives, seems like the week of Christmas is the only time we get to really catch up with our family and close friends.
Time is just so precious. Dontcha think? And I try to make every second of our family time together count! So, I get my act together weeks in advance. My priority #1 are the meals…. Delicious and healthy freezer meals. Life goes a lot smoother when people are well fed.
So, I couldn’t wait to sit down and share this recipe with you guys! One of my favorite crock-pot freezer meals… Easy crock-pot sausage gumbo. It is such a crowd pleaser. So flavorful and delicious that I made a lot more of it just a few days ago for dinner. Plus some extra to freeze. I truly expect people to dig in for seconds on this one.
The cast of characters…..
Here’s the recipe:
Easy Crock-Pot Sausage Gumbo
- 3/4 lb Smoked turkey or Kielbasa sausage sliced into thin slices
- 1 large chicken breast cooked and diced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 28 oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp tabasco or hot sauce
- 10 oz package of frozen or fresh okra
- Slightly brown the sausage and add to slow cooker. Add all the other items to slow cooker except okra and tabasco. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 7-9 hours or on high 3-4 hours. Stir in okra (you don’t want to overcook the okra) and tabasco sauce. Cook 30 minutes longer. Serve gumbo over cooked rice.To freeze add all items except okra and tabasco to gallon sized freezer safe bag. Label and freeze. Cook as directed.
As you see, we tend to enjoy it more on the chunky side. 😉 But if you’d rather have yours with a little more liquid, add half a cup of water (just adjust your salt/pepper). Next time I whip this up I will try it with Italian spicy sausage instead. I bet that would also be super yummy. And what about substituting the chicken for some of your leftover turkey? Ohh my! Okay, now we’re talking!
Our freezer is now stocked with some of my favorite freezer meals and ready for any type of gathering. I’m so excited!! Really can’t wait for the folks to arrive and totally look forward to all the laughter and love throughout the house. The thought of sitting near the fireplace with the other adults or snuggling up on the couch with the kids watching their favorite Christmas movies is a lot more appealing than being stuck in the kitchen for hours making meals.
Honestly, this really is a no fuss type of recipe. And a finger lickin’ good one!