Lawd have mercy, this Authentic New Orleans Cajun Gumbo is unbelievably delicious, thick, rich and full of Cajun flavor!
Have yourself a Mardi Gras feast any day of the year with this Authentic New Orleans Cajun Gumbo recipe. Loaded up with all the flavors of New Orleans you are sure to be the belle of the ball!
There are no short cuts to a good pot of gumbo it takes time to develop all the flavors that goes into this so plan on having a nice afternoon chopping, stirring and tasting, and when you get to the finished pot of Gumbo it’s worth every minute you put into it.
This is one of those dishes if you haven’t had it before you’ll ask, “where have you been my whole life?!”
This isn’t something you can order in most restaurants, unless of course your in New Orleans, but even then, we’ve been told our’s is actually better then some in New Orleans. My daughter and son-in-law said the gumbo they had in New Orleans wasn’t as rich and thick as ours.
We’ve got a couple good Cajun restaurants around town and they don’t match up to the flavors in our gumbo either. So a whole lotta of love goes into making a good pot of Authentic New Orleans Cajun Gumbo.
So why is this gumbo authentic? It’s a combination of Chef Paul Prudhomme and Chef Justin Wilson and a little Emeril Lagasse. Three of the most well known New Orleans Chefs that helped put New Orleans on the map as one of the top food destinations of the world.
Plus we like craw fish tails in ours, they add to the authentic experience, if you can find them. We find them at Walmart with the frozen seafood, so they shouldn’t be that hard to find especially around Mardi Gras time.
Although here in St. Louis we have the largest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. The Bud Light Grand Parade is the Midwest’s largest and most spectacular pre-Lenten celebration. The parade begins just south of Busch Stadium and winds through the streets of Downtown South and Soulard to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Krewes from over 100 floats will toss over 10,000,000 strands of beads and other sought-after goodies to celebratory masses gathered along the route.
What can you serve with this Authentic New Orleans Cajun Gumbo?
- Sweet Creamed Corn Casserole
- Cajun Dirty Rice is always a go-to when cooking up a full blown Cajun feast!
- When making the roux, be sure to stir the entire time. If you fail to stir it for even a few seconds too long, you will start to get a burnt flavor…and that is not good eats.
- You can spend longer stirring the roux if you would like. This will bring out an even nuttier flavor from the flour. The color will also get darker as well.
- No butter, no problem. You can substitute almost any oil you have on hand for the butter when making the roux. The key is to make sure that they are equal in measurement…and that you keep stirring the whole time.
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If you can not find, or do not want, craw fish, you can add 1 lb. of pre-cooked shrimp in their place. We prefer the small or medium size. Nutrition data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 723Total Fat 47gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 257mgSodium 1495mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 47g
If you can not find, or do not want, craw fish, you can add 1 lb. of pre-cooked shrimp in their place. We prefer the small or medium size.
Nutrition data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.
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