Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo (Shrimp, Optional) _ The key to a great gumbo is the roux! Patiently baby-sit it until it becomes dark, dark brown, almost like mud…or chocolate. The darker the roux, the richer the flavor!
This vegetarian okra gumbo with dark red kidney beans is wonderfully rich and hearty. Okra is sometimes a hard vegetable to use -- you have to use it correctly, and gumbo is one of my favorite ways to do so.