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A quick guide to downhome Louisiana gumbo

If you’re from Louisiana, a warm bowl of gumbo probably tastes like home. The official state dish has been a staple of Cajun and Creole cuisine for generations. The dish blends African, European and Native American influences. The word “gumbo” comes from “nkombo,” the Bantu word for okra. And it was enslaved Africans who first added okra to the dish. Each chef has their own recipe, but all start with a roux. Other additions might include chicken, sausage, smoked ham Crab, shrimp or oysters.

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