How to make it

  • After all the chopping is done and set aside, melt butter in large pot over med heat;
  • Add flour and cook stirring constantly till it's a warm carmel color - PATIENCE REQ.
  • You can make it darker, just be careful not to burn, or it will taste burnt.
  • When it's the color you like, turn down heat or remove from if using electric, and add onions and cayenne powder, cook stirring till sizzling ends - approx. 2-3 minutes.
  • Replace on heat (I use med. low) and add celery and garlic, cook stirring about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add peppers and do the same.
  • Andouille is already fully cooked, but I like to add it now and brown it a bit.
  • Slowly add broth and stir, scraping any bits from bottom of pot.
  • Add thyme and marjoram. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Salt to taste, careful depending on how long you plan to simmer or reduce, it can get saltier.
  • Bring to simmer and let simmer as long as you like, it will just reduce and thicken.
  • If using file powder, add about 5 minutes before serving while still simmering.
  • You can simmer it all day or eat it as soon as you like.
  • If it doesn't get as thick as you like, add cornstarch and water mixture to it while simmering, or you can sprinkle Wondra over it. (I've done either before)
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  • DetroitTokyo 7 years ago
    yes! I need to get some file powder :)
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Awesome dish. File powder is ground sassafras, right? Brava, Donna......wonderful dish and beautiful pictures.
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    " It was excellent "
    sparow64 ate it and said...
    Sounds awesome! On the list to try. But what is file powder?
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    " It was excellent "
    valinkenmore ate it and said...
    Looks pretty authentic! Will give yours a try! I usually make seafood gumbo - my Mom's recipe. Have a great day - thunderstorms?????????? Wish the weather would level off between 75-85, sunshine with a light breeze! Perfect!
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    " It was excellent "
    donman ate it and said...
    Great job. The pictures really help explain the recipe ^5 :)
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    " It was excellent "
    pleclare ate it and said...
    Looks fantastic and I have file powder!!
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