Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and a Calphalon Knife Giveaway!

Monday, November 2, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon.  I receive product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 

I was recently approached by Influence Central to review a set of the new Calphalon Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set AND host a giveaway!  Of course, I said, "You know what, I don't like nice knives and giveaways on the blog are a real bummer but, thanks anyways!"  JUST KIDDING! I JUMPED at the opportunity and today, I am bringing you the goods!  

We registered for a very expensive set of knives for our wedding and we have been pretty pleased with them but let's be honest, they aren't as sharp as they once were.  I am protective of those babies since they were so expensive but also too lazy to get them sharpened.  Kind of an issue.  With these Calphalon Self-Sharpening knives, that will not be an issue!  This set has SharpIN Technology which consists of ceramic sharpers that are built INTO the the storage block to automatically sharpen the knives with everyday use which ensures that every time a knife is used it is automatically sharpened to the correct angle!  How cool is that!? A lazy girl's dream I tell you! 

These knives are made from high-carbon, no stain forged stainless steel and feature full tang construction and a comfortably balanced, triple-riveted handle.  Basically they are super nice, will last a long time and feel REAL good in your hands.  

I gave these babies a test drive while making one of my favorite cold month meals: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.  Holy SMOKES you guys, this stuff is GOOD.  Like warm your heart and soul good!  There is quite a bit of chopping so I thought it would be the perfect time to try out the knives.  Follow along for the recipe and scroll to the bottom for the GIVEAWAY! 

 Start by seasoning your chicken breasts or thighs on either side.  Pop them into a Dutch Oven (or large stock pot but a Dutch Oven is GREAT to have for this recipe) with a little oil and cook them just until they are browned.
 While the chicken is cooking, get to work on your veggies.  You will need to dice your bell pepper.

Check out this handy video from Calphalon that shows you how to properly dice a bell pepper! You will also want to dice your onion, celery and mince your garlic so it is ready when you need it!

After the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and place it on a plate for the time being.  Cut your sausage up into rounds then cut the rounds in half. Pop it in the pan, just until it is browned.  Remove it and place it on the same plate as the chicken.
 Now you need to work on the roux.  This is what gives gumbos such fantastic, deep flavor.  It will start by looking boring and weird, smelling a little like homemade play dough.  But, be patient and this will rock your world.  You MUST keep stirring, and stirring, DO NOT leave the stove or you will have a burnt roux and a sad heart.
 15ish minutes later you will have this golden color. Beautiful.
 Next you will want to add in the garlic and tomato paste.  It will look weird.  That's okay, it will come together quickly.
 While whisking, pour in the chicken broth until there are no longer clumps of the roux mixture.  Add in the spices.  Oh this smells heavenly.

Let this simmer, uncovered on the stove for at least an hour, I did mine for two hours while the baby napped (for 1.5 hours) and I napped (for 45 mins) of this process :) #sundaying

 After it has simmered, remove the chicken and shred it.  It will be incredibly easy to do, I just smoosh it a bit each way with my tongs and it shreds right up.
 Return it to the pan and give it a good stir.  Good Lord, look at that lusciousness! Silky, spicy, smooth perfection.
 Serve it along side fluffy rice.
 Seriously, this recipe is ah-mazing.
The best method is to scoop a bit of rice, then sink it into the gumbo.  Heaven I tell you!

Our little 14 month old gobbled this up as well! I do have to say it is pretty spicy but our girl LOVES the spice so it was perfect.  Adapt it to the taste of your family by adjusting the cayenne pepper and Cajun Seasoning!

Now, onto the GIVEAWAY!

Who wants to WIN a full set of the new Contemporary Self-Sharpening Cutlery Set!? I have a feeling at least a few of you do!  Well, it is VERY easy.  Just use the widget below and if you have any trouble, email me at :!

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The giveaway will run starting today (November 2nd) through November 7th.  Good luck!!!!

**Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of our campaign sponsored by Influence Central.**

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

6 Tablespoons +1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
14 oz smoked sausage, sliced into half moons
4 chicken breasts or chicken thighs
1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
6 tablespoons flour
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 celery stocks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
7 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, optional)

Start by heating 1 teaspoon of oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot on medium-high heat.  Sprinkle your chicken with 1 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning on each side.  Place in the pot, cook on each side for about 3 minutes.  Once browned (does not need to be cooked through--the chicken will fully cook while simmering in the gumbo), remove and place on a large plate.  Put the smoked sausage into the pan and brown, should be about 5 minutes.  Remove the sausage and place on the plate next to the chicken.

Remove the pot from the heat for a few minutes to cool--DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.  Place back on medium heat, add 6 tablespoons of oil and sprinkle in the flour.  Whisk CONSTANTLY until the mixture is a dark caramel, this should take about 15 minutes of babysitting and stirring.

Once your roux is pretty and golden brown, add in the bell pepper, celery and onion.  Cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes being sure to scrape the bottom of the pot so nothing sticks/burns.  Add garlic and tomato paste, sauté for another minute.

While whisking, pour in the chicken broth.  Scrape any bits off of the bottom and be sure to stir until there are no lumps of roux.  Add in the spices: remaining Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, paprika and cayenne pepper along with the chicken and sausage.  Turn the heat up and bring to a boil, all while stirring.  Once it comes to a boil, let simmer on low heat, uncovered for at least an hour, 2 hours is best!  Remember to keep an eye on it and to keep stirring.  It does not need to be stirred constantly but probably every 15 mins or so.

Once the gumbo is done simmering, remove the chicken, shred it and return it back to the pot.  Give it another good stir.  Remove the bay leaves and serve with cooked white rice.


So good.

Recipe slightly adapted from: Iowa Girl Eats

**DISCLAIMER: Yes, I did receive a set of knives and a promotional item for my time working on this post.  But, I do actually like them and as always you cannot buy my love, baby.**


  1. Pretty sure this is the first thing I'd make with the new knives!

  2. great idea, this will be a good recipe to add to the fall/winter dinner rotation :)

  3. fun giveaway!! i would likely make a chicken quesadilla first, which is what crosby has for lunch 5/7 days of the week ;)

  4. I'd make fajitas - I need a good sharp knife to thinly slica the beef and vegetables.

  5. I think I would make a nice fall/winter soup with a lot of veggies. Put those knives to good use!

  6. I have a Dutch potato/meat dish that calls for chopping a TON of veggies to mix in with mashed potatoes and then top a delicious meat mixture - it's to die for! However, chopping those veggies with my ONE knife that is pretty darn dull seriously crimps my style. Would love these knives to make the dish!

  7. I'd make beef Stew. Perfect for Fall.

  8. My first dish would probably by this one-it sounds amazing.

  9. We always block cheese and you need a good knife to slice it, so the first thing I would make is baked nachos, which requires cutting cheese.

  10. I would make a hearty beef stew. Your recipe sounds wonderful!

  11. I would chop up lots of fresh vegetables for a big pot of soup! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

  12. It's been getting cold here so I'd love to chop up butternut squash and apples for a soup.

  13. Dying to make a big pot of veggie soup!

  14. I would like a dish with spaghetti squash first.
    You need a really sharp knife to cut he squash.
    thank you

  15. Oh that looks so yummy!!! I have to try that this fall! I think I would first make oven baked chicken fajitas!

  16. I would make a big pan of roast beef hash. Thanks!

  17. I would make a big pan of roast beef hash. Thanks!

  18. I would make chicken and potato curry because its one of my favorite dishes and it requires a good amount of chopping so I could really test out the knives.

  19. I'd make steak and chicken fajitas! But that gumbo looks amazing!

  20. I would make classic beef stew with pumpkin cornbread muffins.

  21. I'd make a harvest salad with butternut squash, walnuts, and cranberries.

  22. I would make some vegetable soup.

  23. The first thing I would make would be a chef’s salad.

  24. I would make a big batch of pad thai with cucumber salad on the side.

  25. I would love to make pork loin with potatoes - shaunie on rafflecopter

  26. I would make a big vat of veggie chili with the colder weather here it would be a nice thing to take the chill off.

  27. I'd make a cheesy squash casserole.

    I would make my favorite -- Fall Harvest Salad -- roasted butternut squash, wild rice, pepitas, sweet apples, and kale. Lots of chopping and dicing on this one!

  29. I would make roast and potatoes for my family.

  30. Id make a veggie stir fry

  31. I would make pot roast.


  32. I would make pasta and sauce with chicken sausage and eggplant with garlic bread.

  33. I would make pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw

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