Re:File Or Okra Gumbo?
If it ain't got okra, it ain't gumbo. If it ain't got roux, I was ready to say the same thing, until I tried Verta Mae Grosvenor's recipe (from her show on PBS TV, and in her book Vertamae Cooks, chapter 4, page 80; Leah Chase, in Family of The Spirit Cookbook, chapter 8, page 212) talks about it at length). Vertamae uses no roux. Her recipe is a "none's better," for my taste, and there is no reason to deviate from it. There must be a million others I haven't trried yet, but why depart the best? If it works, don't fix it. I have made this one again and again, and it works every time.