Even though gumbo is a tasty stew-like dish that originated in Louisiana, the name comes from an African word for okra, which is the key ingredient used for thickening.
Many cultures claim the recipe for good gumbo. Elements of the recipe can be linked to West African, Choctaw, and French cuisine.
Gumbo typically consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, meat or seafood, a thickener, and vegetables which can include celery, bell peppers and onions.
Use any combination of meat to make a meat-based gumbo that could consist of chicken, duck, squirrel, or rabbit. Or use any combination of seafood that generally includes shrimp, crabs or oyster. It is not a good idea to mix meat and seafood in the same stew. Perhaps you can make a meat gumbo at one time and a seafood gumbo at another time.
Whether you make a meat or seafood gumbo, season it with onions, parsley, bell pepper, and celery.
If you want to make your own gumbo, watch the video to see how it is done. Also, watch the slideshow to see pictures of the dish.
Enjoy your gumbo served over rice to celebrate National Gumbo Day!