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Mrs. Wendy 02-25-2009 01:36 PM

Gumbo file'
Does anyone know where or who sells Gumbo Filet? I live in the Central Florida area and would love to make a recipe I have for Seafood Gumbo. Wal-Mart, Publix or Winn-Dixie? Help!!!

Andy M. 02-25-2009 01:40 PM

Gumbo file' is ground dried sassafras leaves.

You can get them at Penzeys.

FincaPerlitas 03-01-2009 06:18 AM

You should be able to find it at Publix with the other cajun/creole seasonings. It may be called "filet powder" rather than "gumbo filet". They're the same thing are are made from ground sassafrass leaves, used both for thickening and for flavor in some gumbo recipes. Filet is usually added at the very end of the cooking process after the gumbo is removed from the heat. There are several brands and all are fine. The brand you'll probably find at Publix is Zatarain's.

File is optional in most gumbos but arguably adds another layer of flavor. Gumbo may also be thickened with roux and/or with okra. If you don't use file but want to season the gumbo similarly, just add a little thyme and perhaps a small pinch of savory during cooking.

I never add file to my gumbo during cooking but do offer it on the table as a seasoning.

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