Rooster Gumbo with Tomatoes and Okra
According to Jan Birnbaum, the interesting thing about gumbo is that it is so personal. Ask any New Orleans native where to get the definitive version and he or she will almost certainly say, "Come to my house." Birnbaum's repertoire ranges from duck to seafood to this recipe for rooster. A very large roasting chicken is a fine substitute. Amazing Chicken Recipes
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The gumbo can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.
Filé powder is a Creole seasoning made from ground dried sassafras leaves. It is typically used to flavor and thicken gumbos and other stews. It is available at specialty markets.
Steamed white rice.
Fat, buttery whites, including California Chardonnay, cleanse palates challenged by complex and spicy stews. Jan Birnbaum admits most winemakers might prefer to serve beer with dishes like these.