Gumbo: Tools and Ingredients

All great gumbos start with a few homegrown ingredients and a pot. In the course of producing our October 2014 feature on the iconic Louisiana dish, we discovered a slew of products that were indispensable for recreating authentic Cajun and Creole flavors in our kitchen. Browse our guide for where to find and buy the best tools and ingredients for your own gumbo making. —Farideh Sadeghin

Photo credit: Ingalls Photography/André Baranowski/Farideh Sadeghin

King Kooker

The 8-qt., cast-iron King Kooker ($72; kingkooker.com) heats uniformly for an even, dark roux. Saveur

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Savoie’s Old Fashioned Dark Roux

When convenience calls for pre-made roux, we use Savoie’s Old Fashioned Dark Roux ($3.37 for 1 lb.; cajungrocer.com). Saveur

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Poche’s Market Andouille and Tasso

Along with the Cajun holy trinity of celery, onion, and bell pepper, use Poche’s Market andouille and tasso ($8.62 for 1 lb.; tasso, $9.70 for 1 lb.; pochesmarket.com). Saveur

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Teet’s Food Store Smoked Turkey Neck

Teet’s Food Store smoked turkey neck ($3.50 for 1 lb.; teetsfoodstore.com) enrich our meat gumbos. Saveur

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Blue Crabs and Shrimp

Blue crabs and shrimp sourced through the Louisiana Seafood Board (louisianaseafood.com), star in our seafood gumbo. Saveur

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Uncle Bill’s Creole Filé

To thicken the fried chicken and andouille gumbo, we use Uncle Bill’s Creole Filé, ground from sassafras leaves ($10 for 2 oz.; fileman65@aol.com).

Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning ($2 for 8 oz.; tonychachere.com), a mix of cayenne, garlic and onion powders, dried oregano and thyme, black pepper, and salt, flavors the oxtail gumbo. Saveur

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Cajun Country Rice

Top all of our gumbos with long-grain Cajun Country Rice ($1 for 1 lb.; cajuncountryrice.com).

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McCormick’s Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning

Use McCormick’s Grill Mates mesquite seasoning ($8 for 12 oz.; amazon.com) for smoked turkey and andouille gumbo. Saveur

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Schiltz Family Smoked Goose

Order smoked goose meat ($12 for 8 oz.) and rendered goose fat ($8 for 8 oz.), for the smoked goose and foie gras gumbo from the Schiltz family (schiltzfoods.com). Saveur

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Smoked Turkey Wings

Purchase smoked turkey wings ($15 for 2 wings; store.frickmeats.com) to prepare the stock for smoked turkey and andouille gumbo. Saveur

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