Substitution in gumbo?

I am making gumbo but I dont have any file powder and dont like okra. What else can I use in place of it?

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  • 7 years ago
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    File powder is ground sassafras leaves it is a thickener, you can leave it out, if you do not like okra, try peas or green beans, frozen are best, add a bit more tomato paste or make the roux thicker, if not add a bit of cornstarch and water near serving time to tighten it up

  • 7 years ago

    You don't need either to make a gumbo really. Like to keep it simple. Chicken, smoked sausage(homemade, not the crap you buy in a sealed package) , Roux, the Trinity (onions bellpepper celery)parsley and Cajun seasoning.We let people add they're own filet in my family.

    Source(s): Cajun born and bred.
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