What to serve with gumbo
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Gumbo & white rice is a hearty, pretty filling meal that really doesn't need any accompanyments.
If you must have a starter, perhaps a Shrimp Remouldade? Or maybe Crawfish Boulettes? Or Oysters Bienville?
I'm not big on desserts, myself. But I can supply a long list of desserts likely to be found on a cajun/creole table if you really need one. But Ed's suggestion for praline baskets filled with ice cream is as good as any, and better than some.
Salad.....Green, Italian, etc.....viniagrette with viniager or lemon
Strawberry Crepes Fitzgerald
Lemon Ice Cream or italian ice
heavier, but southern and tasty.....sweet potato crepes with bourbon praline sauce
Starter: raw oysters (or clams, scallops, whatever)
Side: simple green salad, dressed with just salt, pepper, oil, and lemon
Crusty bread helps mop up all the soup.
For dessert, I like sweet potato pecan pie, but any kind of clean, intensely-flavored dessert ought to work just fine.
There's a salad in Baton Rouge with parm, blue cheese, lemon, parsley and lettuce....supreme, surprise, something.....anyway, several seafood restaurants serve it....nice balance.
Bet azaelas are blooming now. Should be a riot of color in the bayou.
Azaleas.....shroomgirl, the azaleas have come and gone a few weeks ago, now the heat of the summer is beginning...not looking forward to it. Opelousas isn't too far from us about 20 miles. I haven't seen anyone put the potato salad right into the gumbo, at least not locally, I have seen people go nuts when a place runs out of potato salad tho. I am not a gumbo eater but hubby will usually have a go at it, he prefers the one made with chicken, sausage and shrimp to all others here.
Here's a link to Bob & Jakes, on Bourbon St, LA, and their Sensational Salad, with a recipe:
The famous Sensation Salad created at Bob & Jake's Restaurant on Government Street in Baton Rouge
Blustery cold and raining cats and dogs.....imma at your house MaryB.
Dessert......bread pudding (cinnamon apple with brandy plumped raisins) a vanilla hard sauce and then a place in front of the fire!
NOLA be calling me....