I usually serve mine with a slice of cornbread. I like a cornbread that isn't too sweet and then drizzle a light bit of honey on top of mine (my wife really dislikes honey:(). At work I'll add some jalapeños. But if corn is in season I'll add some of the corn off of the cob to the batter and then place it in the cast iron pan on the grill. I'll place it for indirect heating and then place some corn (in husk) over the fire. The aroma that the cornbread picks up from the corn, in husk, cooked on the grill is pleasing to the nose as much as the palette.
That sounds great! I figure if I leave now, and drive straight through, I could be there in about 15 hours. Is dinner at around 6:30 tomorrow evening? By the way, HubbyDearest loves gumbo too, so I have to bring him with me. :bounce:
I'm curious why you think you have to serve anything with it?
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.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
here in town (Lafayette) it is typically served with a side of potato salad and maybe some buttered french bread thats been toasted. Most asked for desert is bread pudding with a burbon sauce.....at least among the locals.
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.
New Orleans was my home for many years and for me its all about some garlic butter and french bread. We never made sides really it was the meal itself! If you are looking for the taste of LA. I suggest maybe a salad and some bread pudding w/ rum sauce for dessert.
Happy taste buds