Featured Recipe: Gumbo
Fat Tuesday is tomorrow! This is one of my favorite holidays of the year because I get to pay homage to some of my favorite food: Creole and Cajun food.
I’ve been to New Orleans twice: once in my teens with my parents and once in my twenties with Dan for Jazz Fest. Both times I ate in the most amazing restaurant I’ve ever experienced: The Gumbo Shop. It’s this tiny, rather nondescript place in the heart of the French Quarter. No celebrity chefs here, just amazing Creole food.
If you’re down there, you have to go. Unfortunately though, I don’t get down that way very often. Fortunately though, they have a cookbook! So I’ve been making a version of their gumbo every year around Mardi Gras ever since. I’ve changed a few things here and there, but at it’s heart, it’s the Gumbo Shop gumbo recipe.
Tomorrow night we’re going to get some Abita beer, make a big pot of Andouille, Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo, and turn on Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers.
What are you doing for Fat Tuesday this year?