NATIONAL GUMBO DAY
A heavily seasoned, stew-like dish is in the spotlight on National Gumbo Day which is annually celebrated on October 12. Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, Gumbo, which is traditionally served over rice, is a dish that typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener and seasoning vegetables. The seasoning vegetables may consist of celery, bell peppers and onions which is a trio known in Cajun cuisine as the “holy trinity”. Gumbo is usually categorized by the type of thickener used:
- The African vegetable okra
- The Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves)
- Roux (the French base made of flour and fat)
Gumbo is believed to have been first described in 1802 and was listed in various cookbooks in the latter 19th century. It gained widespread popularity in the 1970′s when the United States Senate cafeteria added Gumbo to the menu in honor of Louisiana Senator Allen Ellender. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana. The World Championship Gumbo Cook Off is held each year in New Iberia, Louisiana.
Enjoy these “tried and true” Gumbo recipes:
Post on social media using #NationalGumboDay to encourage others to do so as well.
Our research was unable to locate the creator of National Gumbo Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.