Of all the dishes in the realm of Louisiana style cuisine, “gumbo” has remained the most well known and well loved. Gumbo crosses all class barriers, appearing on the tables of the poor as well as the wealthy. Although ingredients might vary greatly from one cook to the next, and from one part of the state to another, a steaming bowl of fragrant gumbo is one of life’s cherished pleasures.
According to the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gumbo is often cited as an example of the melting-pot nature of Louisiana cooking, but trying to sort out the origins and evolution of the dish is highly speculative. The name derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine, although the roux used in gumbos is much darker than its Gallic cousins.
Since Mardi Gras takes place in the same month as Heart Health month, we wanted to share a recipe that keeps the flavor but cuts out the salt and excess calories.
Recipe Credit: LaaLoosh.com
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