Corn, Red Bean & Okra Gumbo
Gumbo is a stew of southern Louisiana with a couple distinguishing features. First, it must contain the Cajun holy trinity: onion, celery and bell peppers. Second, it must be thickened with either a roux (a base of flour and fat), okra or filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves). Our vegetarian version bucks tradition by replacing the usual meat and shellfish with red beans and corn, and by using ripe sweet peppers instead of the typical green bell. But we make up for these “transgressions” by using all three of the traditional thickeners.