Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo
The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated. Reheat gently and proceed.
Filé powder is made from ground, dried sassafras leaves. It acts as a thickener for stews and should be added at the very end to avoid over-thickening. It's available in the spice section of most supermarkets.
Cool this spicy gumbo with an inexpensive, tangy, fruity white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio, or a light Latin-American beer, such as Cerveza-Aguila.