Gumbo makes for a great potluck meal—especially when the host gets to keep the serving dish as a housewarming gift. To achieve the ultimate flavor for this authentic recipe, use the smokiest andouille sausage you can find. Consider Applegate Farms' sausage (applegatefarms.com)Plus: More Chicken Recipes and Tips
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.