Monday, December 28, 2009
Christmas Gumbo: A Primer
I didn't have my first gumbo until visiting New Orleans many years ago in college, but the dish stuck with me (literally and gastronomically). From the proletariat version served at Mother's to the decadent Commander's Palace version, I was hooked.
It took me awhile to perfect my own version at home (I'm a flatlander, not a coonass), but I think I've got it down. I won't give you the precise recipe (what fun is that?) but there are a few things I've learned over the years that turn a good gumbo into a great one.
We always make plenty more than we can eat at Christmas, but it freezes well and the flavors meld even better over time. It's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving!