My favorite gumbo recipe is made with a richly-flavored dark roux, your choice of proteins (chicken, sausage and/or seafood), lots of veggies, and served with rice. So hearty and delicious!
Mardi Gras is tomorrow…which means it’s time to cook up a big pot of my favorite gumbo! ♡
I first shared this New Orleans-inspired gumbo recipe here on Gimme Some Oven about five years ago. And while I have definitely enjoyed other versions over the years (my vegetarian gumbo recipe, for example, is surprisingly satisfying), nothing beats a classic dark roux-based gumbo made made with good Andouille sausage in my book. It’s one of those special-occasion meals that requires a bit of extra time and tlc to prepare. But it features some of my all-time favorite zesty Creole flavors and always tastes like such a treat. So if you’ve never tried making a batch of homemade gumbo before, I say this week is the perfect time to give it a try!
Granted, there are lots of strong opinions and regional differences out there when it comes to how to make “authentic” gumbo, including variations in thickening techniques (using a roux vs filé powder vs okra vs a combo), whether or not to include tomatoes (I happen to love them), which seasonings to use (and how spicy to make the broth), proteins to include (chicken, sausage, various kinds of seafood, etc), and on and on. So while I can’t guarantee that this gumbo recipe is necessarily authentic, I can vouch that it is absolutely delicious and always a favorite with friends and family whenever I cook up a big batch. And I’m delighted that so many of you have loved it over the years too!
You are, of course, welcome to make any tweaks to the ingredients that you prefer. (Especially when it comes to proteins — feel free to choose either chicken, sausage or shrimp, or you can follow my lead and use all three!) The one thing that I strongly recommend is using a dark brown roux as the base for this recipe. Its rich, deep, nutty flavor adds so much flavor to this recipe and is worth the extra time it takes to make.
So round up all of your favorite gumbo ingredients, settle in for a lot of stirring, and let’s cook up a delicious pot of gumbo together!