Gumbo is a New Orleans treat that is hard to match. Due to National Gumbo Day approaching fast (yes, it's a thing!), this Sunday, October 12 to be exact, I have complied some recipes to try if you can't make it to the soulful NOLA.

Before you begin, know that there are two types of Gumbo, and that it is a Creole dish, not a Cajun one. Type one is based on okra the African vegetable, and two, is thickened with gumbo file, which is powdered sassafras leaves, which has a Native American descent. Both types need a roux base which has oil rather than butter, and flour cooked until it's dark brown. It is also necessary to have onion, celery, and bell pepper; everything else is up to the chef, but shrimp, crawdads, alligator, Andouille sausage, and chicken are common ingredients. Some famous and noted Gumbo chefs are Leah Chase and Paul Prudhomme

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1) Chicken-Andouille Gumbo with Roasted Potatoes 

2) The Big Easy Gumbo 

3) Vegetarian Gumbo 

4) Seafood Gumbo 

5) Turkey Gumbo 

6) James Trahan's Seafood Gumbo

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7) Super Quick Vegetable Gumbo

8) Bobby Flay's Gumbo with Crispy Okra

9) Slow Cooker Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo

10) Sausage and Chicken Gumbo

 

Although I advise you experience the real thing one day, trying out one of these at home is a good alternative in the mean time. Good luck and happy cooking! 

 

For More info on Gumbo you can visit GumboCooking.com 

Background info c/o Ken Albala.

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