I'm going to be attempting to make gumbo this weekend, for the first time. The recipe I'm planning to use (suggested in another thread here, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Big-Char...) calls for a can of whole tomatoes. My husband, the (former) southern boy who I'm cooking this for, hates whole cooked tomatoes, yet loves gumbo and says he's "sometimes" had it with them (and picks them out).
So, my question is, do the tomatoes serve as a "base" for the gumbo? Could I use a can of crushed tomatoes and preserve the flavor of the recipe? It's not just that I've never cooked it, but I've never eaten it, so I have nothing to go on here. Thanks in advance.