Gumbo File???

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  1. Mr. Peabody

    Mr. Peabody Founding Member

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    What is Gumbo File or what does it contain?
     
  2. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    sassafras leaves from the sassafras plant.
     
  3. HatcherTiger

    HatcherTiger Freedom Isn't Free

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    "Gumbo file" is a file kept by the government about the Saints' mascot.
     
  4. NoLimitMD

    NoLimitMD Founding Member

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    Peabody, Tirk's right, they're ground up leaves and the powder is used for flavor and maybe to add some thickness. Some people call normal gumbo as "gumbo file" or "file gumbo" but I think you're just asking about the spice, right?
     
  5. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

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    File (fee-lay) is powdered sassafras leaves.

    File gumbo is gumbo with some file sprinkled in. Some folks don't like file, others won't eat gumbo without it.

    Me . . . if in ain't got okra it ain't gumbo, but some kind of gumbo-like soup.
     
  6. SabanFan

    SabanFan The voice of reason

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    There's no accounting for taste. I hate okra in my gumbo. But you are right that most people think of gumbo as okra gumbo. In fact, the cajun word (slang?) for okra is "gumbo" (pronounced gome-BO)
     
  7. Mr. Peabody

    Mr. Peabody Founding Member

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    My wife made some gumbo for the first time in her life the other night. It was pretty damn good.

    Her recipe called for Gumbo File. She asked me to ask my LSU internet friends what it was.
     
  8. conradj

    conradj Founding Member

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    Anyone else put their potato salad in their Gumbo?
     
  9. tiger fan 2001

    tiger fan 2001 Founding Member

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    Occasionally.
     
  10. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    half the people in my family. i've tried it but prefer not to.
     

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