Gumbo File Powder
A mainstay thickener and flavor of Creole cuisine and in particular its use in gumbo. One of the few uses of sassafras outside of root beer.
What is file powder? Filé powder is the term used for ground sassafras root. The root and leaves of the sassafras tree were used by Native Choctaw Indians before also being incorporated as part of the motley blend that is Creole cooking.
The flavor is similar to root beer (the flavor of which comes from sassafras root) and has woodsy, rosemary-like notes to it. Sassafras powder is often used as a thickener more than a flavoring agent. This is particularly true for gumbo, a traditional Creole dish. When in season, okra is used to thicken gumbo and filé powder is used when it isn’t.
|Ingredients||Sassafras leaves and thyme.|
|Recommended Applications||Gumbo file powder is the perfect blend of spices if you are looking to enhance flavor and introduce a thickening agent to your favorite gumbo recipe!|
|Basic Preparation||Just prior to serving and immediately after the dish is removed from heat, stir in gumbo file powder for fantastic flavor.|
|Cuisine||American, Cajun, Creole|
|Shelf Life||3 years|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Allergen Information||None Specified|