Mike’s Winter Ale Gumbo – Recipe

Mike’s Winter Ale Gumbo – Recipe

A hearty Cajun gumbo recipe made with plenty of andouille sausage, bacon, peppers, a long stirred roux the color of copper, and the addition of a flavorful Winter ale to help warm the bones.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cajun, creole, dinner, gumbo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 567 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 large poblano pepper chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 large potato peeled and cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 strips bacon chopped
  • 12 ounces andouille and/or smoked ham sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bottle Winter Ale - I used Goose Island Winter Ale
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • Your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce
  • 1 bunch collard greens chopped
  • Cooked rice for serving if desired


  1. Add ½ cup peanut oil to a large pot and heat to medium heat. Add flour and stir. Cook for 30 minutes, constantly stirring, until the roux browns to the color of peanut butter. Do not allow to burn.
  2. Add peppers, onion, celery, potato, garlic and bacon. Stir and cook about 8 minutes.
  3. Add andouille/smoked ham. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add herbs and seasonings, Winter Ale, chicken stock and a few dashes or more of hot sauce. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom.
  5. Add collard greens and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat and cook at medium-low heat for 2-3 hour or more to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat and swirl in a few dashes of hot sauce to your preference.
  7. Serve with cooked rice and extra hot sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Mike’s Winter Ale Gumbo – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 567 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 906mg38%
Potassium 767mg22%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1645IU33%
Vitamin C 30.1mg36%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.