About this recipe: This gumbo is jam-packed with prawns, chicken, smoked sausage, crab meat and vegetables. It's a hearty stew-like dish that will be welcomed during the cold winter months.
File powder is also known as sassafras leaves. It can be purchased in Hispanic speciality stores or online. Alternatively, you can thicken the sauce with a mixture of cornflour and water.
My family has been making Cajun & Creole Gumbo for over 90 years.We use fresh chopped Okra in all of our Gumbos instead of File'Powder.File'was used only if you do not have fresh or frozen chopped Okra. Otherwise the Recipe is very good.Sometims we add shucked Oysters to give our Seafood Gumbo extra flavor. At my home Library I have over 100 different recipes for Gumbo, that were collected while growing up in Louisiana and have shared many of them with friends. - 06 Nov 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Igave this recipe five stars because it is the best gumbo I've tasted. I did'nt put as much of the celery it call for instead I use a cup of green onion and a half cup of parsley. My family is from Louisiana an we never made gumbo without those two ingredients. - 06 Mar 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I lived in New Orleans most of my life this recipe seems great, but noted a "lack of flavor" might be due to Old Bay Seasoning which is common on the East Coast, not in the South. We usually use Zetairan's Creole Seasoning or Tony Chachere's. Try that instead for a more authentic flavor. - 27 Jan 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)