Dark Gumbo Country Style, With Spareribs and Andouille

330 mins (prep 90, cooking 240)
25 ingredients
12 servings
The word "gumbo" usually conjures visions of a tomato-ey soup, reddish, and rife with chunky things like okra. You can find this kind of gumbo in Louisiana, but the amazing thing about the gumbo there is its variety. Gumbos can have different colors, different textures, and different ingredients. This is one of my very favorite types: a dark-brown, medium-rich one, with chunks of meat but no okra. What makes it so special? This is one of those amazing Louisiana dishes you hear about that involves the darkening of the roux - for at least an hour - until it's the color of mahogany. This adds not only color but incredible flavor to the gumbo: nutty, toasty, almost coffee like. I had a gumbo like this at Mr. B's Bistro in New Orleans, made with chicken, and andouille sausage and loved it so much I have tried to copy the recipe. I tried it first with the chicken, then I decided to use some spareribs I had. When I make my gumbo, it’s ingredients are whatever I have in the fridge at the time.Is it hot enough for you? I suggest initially going with my spice amounts suggested in the recipe, because the gumbo gets "hotter" as it cooks; you can always adjust with Tabasco sauce or spices at the last minute. Speaking of which, I find that a tiny pinch of ground gumbo file just before serving adds a lovely accent.

Categories:  stew , gumbo , cajun , north-american , taste~mood , spicy , soups-&-stews , main-dish , american , chowders , pork , meat , southern-u.s. , savory , pork-rib ,
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Serving Size (37.17 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 204.16 Calories from Fat 150.48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16.72g 308.75%
Saturated Fat 9.83g 589.56%
Trans Fat 0.65g %
Cholesterol 40.63mg 162.54%
Sodium 2.52mg 1.26%
Total Carbohydrate 12.13g 48.5%
Dietary Fiber 0.45 g 21.64%
Sugars 0.06 g %
Protein 1.81g 43.46%
Vitamin A 488.25IU% Vitamin C 0.12mg%
Calcium 7.63mg% Iron 0.74mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
medium green bell peppers, medium onion, stalk celery, dried thyme, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh ground black pepper, ground allspice, andouille sausage, hot cooked white rice