The word “gumbo” can be traced back to a West African term for “okra.” Gumbo is both a literal and figurative “mixing pot,” having been developed in South Louisiana by countless generations and kitchens, eventually evolving into the dish we so prize today. There are, in fact, many kinds of gumbo, and their nature depends greatly on what you’re using to “thicken” it up. While okra is a popular choice, especially with seafood gumbos, another option is to use “file,” the ground or powdered leaves of the sassafras plant. That was my choice for this scrumptious recipe. Aaron was so obsessed with this recipe, that he requested I make it again the next week. This recipe was added to our “family vault” immediately. Haha! The exploding flavor of the roux mixed with the spiciness of the sausage is perfect! Do you have a special recipe from your “family vault” to share? I would love to hear it!
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil Garcia Del La Cruz
- 2 lbs Andouille Smoked Chicken Sausage
- 1 lb Shrimp Greensbury Market
- 6 cloves Garlic Melissa's Produce
- 1 Sweet Onion Melissa's Produce
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 4 stalks Celery
- 3 tbsp Paprika Spicely Organics
- 2 tbsp Garlic Powder Spicely Organics
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder Spicely Organics
- 1 tbsp Cayenne Spicely Organics
- 1 tbsp Fresh Oregano Melissa's Produce
- 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Melissa's Produce
- Black Peppercorn Spicely Organics
- Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1 tbsp Gumbo filé.
- 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes Organico Bello
- 2 cups Chicken Broth Greensbury Market
- Heat olive oil in a large cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and minced garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook for 5 minutes until vegetables are softened.
- Add the salt, cajun seasoning, cayenne, and cook for 2 minutes.
- After adding the crushed tomatoes and chicken broth reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, add the sausage and butter. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. During the last 2 minutes add Gumbo filé.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes.