Cookin’ Up Cajun: How to Make the Best Gumbo
Football season is here, and pretty soon (we’re hoping really soon!), the days will begin to cool down. Football + cooler fall weather puts us in the mood for some Cajun comfort food!
One of our favorites is without a doubt Cajun gumbo, and Razzoo’s Cajun Café is here with a few secrets on how to make the best gumbo at home:
Invest in Cast Iron.
If you’re going to make the best gumbo, then you’re going to need a high-quality, cast iron Dutch oven. Cast iron heats up fast and maintains consistent temperatures, making it perfect for even sautéing and simmering.
It All Starts with the Roux.
All good gumbo recipes start with a stellar roux. If yours doesn’t, then it ain’t gonna be good. Follow the directions based on your recipe, but roux is essentially a mixture of flour and fat that has been cooked to golden brown perfection. It might not sound like much, but roux is the key to a thick gumbo with tons of flavor.
Don’t Ever Leave out the Cajun Holy Trinity.
Seriously – if you get nothing else from this post, remember the importance of the Cajun Holy Trinity: bell peppers, celery, and onion. This combination of Cajun deliciousness is what adds authentic flavor to gumbo, and without it, it just ain’t gumbo.
Choose Your Favorite Meat.
Some people will tell you it has to be seafood gumbo; others prefer chicken and sausage. Really – it’s whatever you like! Search the fridge. Got some leftovers? Throw them in! If you get the flavors right, the meat will taste great – no matter what combination of seafood, chicken, or sausage you choose.
Finish with Cajun Seasonings.
Buy the pre-made Cajun seasoning mix or make your own from a combination of celery, garlic powder, onion, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil, etc. – but by all means – make sure you add Cajun seasonings to give it that authentic Cajun gumbo flavor you crave.
Want to learn more on how to make the best Cajun gumbo? Watch this video we produced on how to make our Kitchen Sink Gumbo at home!
And of course, if you aren’t feeling up to the task, don’t beat yourself up. Just run to your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café and order the best gumbo in Texas!