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Gumbo Filé
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Gumbo Filé

Gumbo File

Gumbo just isn't the same without true gumbo filé made from dried and powdered sassafras leaves. Ground in small batches, these premium leaves are grown in Alabama exclusively for The Spice House. Pass the filé around the table so everyone can make a perfect bowl.

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In traditional Creole and Cajun cuisines of Louisiana, gumbo filé powder is used for its subtle, floral flavor and unique thickening properties. As a thickener it can be used on its own or in addition to roux and okra. Filé powder is generally added at the end of the cooking process, or stirred into a single serving of hot gumbo. Gumbo filé is made from the dried leaves of the sassafras tree of the eastern United States. American Indians pounded sassafras leaves into a powder and added them to soups and stews.

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