Serves: Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Hands On Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large cast iron skillet, whisk together the flour and oil to make a paste. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 90 minutes to 2 hours for a dark roux, stirring every 30 minutes. Once the roux has achieved your desired color, transfer to a storage container or a gumbo-cooking vessel and proceed with the recipe.
About the recipe
This is a great hack for taking so much of the stress and guesswork out of making a roux. Instead of stirring constantly on the stovetop, blast it in the oven and only stir it about every half hour. If you only need a blonde roux, cook for less time; if you need a dark roux for gumbo, go the full 2 hours. This recipe will thicken 16 cups of gumbo.