Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
What is Gumbo?
Gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana from the Louisiana Creole people during the 18th century. It typically consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, okra, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoning vegetables, which can include celery, bell peppers, and onions.
Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: the African vegetable okra, the Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves, or roux, the French base made of flour and fat. The dish likely derived its name from either the Bantu word for okra (ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo).
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe.
As St. Landry Parish is the site of one of the oldest European settlements in Louisiana, le Poste des Opélousas, an administrative territory established by the French in 1720, its' cuisine naturally reflects its dramatic history and diverse cultures. Home of the Opelousas Indians, the district was larger than some European empires of the day. By 1791, the military outpost had been governed by the French and the Spanish, and was also settled by some English, Scotch, Irish and German colonists, as well as a group of Acadian exiles who managed to find their way to the lush and fertile lands of the district.
They found the area perfect for agriculture and raising cattle and the government post soon developed as a commercial center serving their farms and plantations. Men and women of African heritage began arriving in the 1700s as slaves with the first Europeans and in the late 1700s as gens de couleur libres or free people of color.
With this in mind, one might best describe the history of St. Landry Parish’s cuisine as that of a cultural gumbo!
Where to find gumbo in St. Landry Parish
Every last Saturday in January, The Annual Gumbo Cook-Off takes place in Opelousas where at home chefs compete for the paddle!
- Beau Chene Restaurant – seafood
- Chicorys Coffee & Café – chicken & sausage
- Grand Coteau Bistro – chicken & sausage (seasonal)
- The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor – chicken & sausage
- Café 24/7 – chicken & sausage
- Café 5696 – chicken & sausage, shrimp & okra
- Cajun Buffet – chicken & sausage
- Crawfish House & Grill – chicken & sausage, seafood, shrimp & okra
- Joe’s Sandwich Shop – chicken & sausage
- Mama’s Fried Chicken – chicken & sausage (served only in fall/winter)
- Pearl’s Kitchen – chicken & sausage (served only in winter)
- Soileau’s Dinner Club – crawfish, seafood, hen & sausage
- The Palace Café – chicken & sausage, shrimp, seafood
- Vidrine’s Café – seafood
- Café Josephine – chicken & sausage, seafood
- D.C.’s Sports Bar & Steakhouse – chicken & sausage
- Ronnie’s Cajun Café – chicken & sausage, seafood, shrimp
- Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard – chicken & sausage
- Rocky’s Cajun Kitchen – chicken & sausage, shrimp & crab
- King’s Truck Stop – chicken & sausage, seafood
- Papa Joe’s Event Hall – chicken & sausage, seafood (seasonal)
- The Little Big Cup – chicken & sausage, seafood
- Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant – chicken & sausage