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What To Serve with Gumbo!

Inspired Dishes To Serve with This Classic Southern Dish

Gumbo is a delicious and flavorful recipe popular in New Orleans, Louisiana! Here are 15 amazing side dish recipes to serve alongside your gumbo.

Gumbo is a popular stew choice that is famous in New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s traditionally made with meat or shellfish, stock, a thickener, cajun seasoning, and the Creole “holy trinity”. I’ve compiled some of the best side dish ideas for gumbo to give you a perfect combination of flavors.

You can use Mardi Gras as a good reason to make this dish, or you can just make it for dinner to enjoy some traditional southern cuisine. Either way, gumbo is always a great idea.

What is the Holy Trinity in Gumbo? The Creole “Holy Trinity” in Creole cooking is the three vegetables that form the base for most of the regional dishes! It is made by sautéing celery, bell peppers, and onions together. Typically green bell peppers are used!

What is a Roux in Gumbo? A roux is a very important part of gumbo that forms the base of the recipe! It is made by 2 parts oil with 3 parts flour. The ingredients are combined in the bottom of a large pan and cooked on medium heat for 30-45 minutes until the paste is a deep brown color.

Is Gumbo a Soup? Gumbo can be looked at as either a soup or a stew depending on the recipe. Some recipes call for a thinner, brothier base in which case the gumbo is similar to a soup. Some recipes call for a thicker liquid base, which makes the gumbo similar to a stew.

What Spices are in Gumbo? Every recipe will call for something different, but some common additions are cajun seasoning, thyme, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper, and sometimes even fire roasted tomatoes to get that smoky flavor.

What is the Difference Between Jambalaya and Gumbo?

Gumbo is a stew-like dish made with protein, is thickened by a roux as well as (typically) either okra or filé. Rice is served after the gumbo has finished cooking.

Jambalaya features rice as its main ingredient. It also contains protein but does not have a thickening agent Instead the rice cooks with the protein, spices, and vegetables (and sometimes tomatoes) for a delicious final product.

What to Eat with Gumbo

There are so many delicious side dishes that can be served alongside gumbo!

– French Bread – Biscuits – Vegetables like Okra or Green Beans – Sweet Potato Pie – Hush Puppies – Cajun fries – Fresh Salad – Potato Salad – Hot Sauce (though this is fiercely debated) – Crab Cakes – Dessert like Bread pudding – Drinkles

This Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is an easy way to cook a classic summer favorite. The corn on the cob will be cooked beautifully and completely in under 10 minutes.

It is SO easy to cook Brown Rice in your Instant Pot! Goodbye 40 minute long cook times! This recipe will provide a fast, simple, and perfect-every-time recipe to make your weeknight dinners that much easier.

Homemade Creamed Corn in the Instant Pot is about to make your weeknight dinners so much easier and delicious. With a 3 minute cook time, you'll have a family favorite side on the table in no time!

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