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The 3 Ingredients That Are Essential For A Traditional Gumbo
By Branden C. Potter
While gumbo is claimed by Cajun culture in today's world, the history of gumbo stems from three very different, wide-ranging cultures: West African, Native American, and European.
Gumbo wouldn't be complete without green bell peppers, onions, and celery — the holy trinity of veggies in Cajun cooking. Without them, it falls short of being a genuine gumbo.
This trio resembles a French mirepoix, but the Cajun dish uses green peppers instead of carrots, adding a savory touch, possibly in response to the locals' flavor preference.
The ideal ratio is 1:1:1 for the bell peppers, onions, and celery. Dice each one into ½ inch pieces, then toss them into a pan with unsalted butter or olive oil.
Once the veggies become soft, your gumbo base is ready, and you can throw in other ingredients, like chicken, shrimp, and rice.