Gumbo is a word we use quite often in Louisiana when describing our culture to the world. In fact, Louisiana is a great Gumbo because it takes many different ingredients from different cultures and blends them into culinary sea of harmony.
Though Gumbo is most often associated with Louisiana, the name "gumbo" is derived from a West African word meaning, "okra". Okra is used as a thickening agent in a gumbo, much like file´ (flavorful, crushed sassafras leaves). As you will see from this recipe, there are French and Spanish and other ethnic influences in this Cajun dish, which with a slight change of ingredients becomes a Creole Jambalaya.
As with all of the recipes we share, we'd really like you to make this your own by trying different things... even substituting some of your local ingredients. We would love to hear your suggestions or comments you have on making it your own!
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