In New Orleans, gumbo is as ubiquitous as Sazeracs and jazz. This version, which Louisiana home cook Whitmire adapted from Cajun Delights, a down-home cookbook sold at a festival and given to her as a newlywed, is thickened by a dark roux and filled with smoky Cajun andouille sausage and chicken.
What to buy: Frozen okra can be found in most supermarkets; you can substitute fresh okra. Andouille is a smoked pork sausage that can be found in many gourmet markets or online at CajunGrocer.com. Look for Cajun seasoning in most supermarkets, or make your own.
For the gumbo base:
Beverage pairing: August Kesseler Riesling ‘R’, Germany. Fresh and vibrant with racy acidity and a perfect touch of sweetness, this wine is a refreshing match for this smoky, rich dish.