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Mardi Gras Gumbo Ingredients

crosby_p Feb 4, 2008 04:44 AM

Made a special trip to Wegmans yesterday for Andouille sausage and okra, two ingredients for a gumbo I want to try out tomorrow...and the produce manager said they only had frozen okra! The meat man said they didn't have one piece of Andouille left! Does anyone who makes gumbo in Baltimore know where to go for these key ingredients? I'm assuming H-Mart would have the okra, but not the sausage!

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    Dakota Guy Feb 4, 2008 05:07 AM

    Frozen okra is fine. I don't knwo Baltimore but here in DC, Whole Foods usually has andouille.

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      Hal Laurent Feb 4, 2008 05:41 AM

      Whole Foods in Baltimore (Inner Harbor East, at least) usually has andouille. For that matter, the Safeway in Canton usually does as well.

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        hon Feb 4, 2008 05:45 AM

        The Superfresh in Hampden has andouille. I usually use frozen okra and it's fine!

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        crosby_p Feb 4, 2008 06:28 AM

        Forgot about Whole Foods...thanks all! Frozen okra it is...

      3. aussiewonder Feb 4, 2008 05:57 AM

        The newish Shoppers on Kane street and Eastern Ave always has okra and it's usually pretty good aka: fresh. It's on the back of the produce section with the bok choy and ginger and tofu etc...they have a pretty decent ethnic selection of grocery so you might also be able to find andouille sausages there.

        1. JonParker Feb 4, 2008 06:10 AM

          The okra at H Mart didn't look too good Saturday, so if you can grab some frozen you might be better off and save yourself a trip.

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            Tugboat Feb 4, 2008 06:37 AM

            When I make red beans and rice or gumbo, I get smoked sausage at Ostrowski's on Washington Street in Fells Point.

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              Hal Laurent Feb 4, 2008 08:03 AM

              Ostrowski's on Washington Street makes good sausage, but it's not the same as andouille. Andouille has heat. A good Polish sausage can be an adequate substitute texture-wise, but the flavor wouldn't be the same.

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                Tugboat Feb 6, 2008 06:59 AM

                I know the difference and John Ostrowski makes andouille in addition to his polish varieties.

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                  Hal Laurent Feb 6, 2008 07:06 AM

                  Cool! I didn't know he made andouille! It's been a few years since I've been there. Time to correct that.

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              MakingSense Feb 4, 2008 08:33 AM

              Okra is a hot-weather, summer vegetable. It follows the "winter tomato rule": you're really better off buying good frozen okra than pallid winter "fresh" stuff. Most Louisiana Winter gumbos don't use okra or use okra put up during the summer to use during the off-season.

              I'm from South Louisiana and have never found a good andouille sausage up here any way, so I usually substitute the best garlic-ly kielbasa or similar sausage I can find. It won't make any real difference in your gumbo. Certainly nothing like using bad okra.

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                Jason1 Feb 4, 2008 09:01 AM

                Speaking of Andouille...does anyone know where to get French-style andouille or andouillette in the Baltimore or Washington area?

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                  hon Feb 4, 2008 09:26 AM

                  The Superfresh in Hampden has some french Charcuterie, not sure about the Andouille but worth checking out.

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                    crosby_p Feb 4, 2008 11:12 AM

                    A co-worker said they had Andouille at Giant, so I went, and of course, they did not...so having a Superfresh nearby, went there...they didn't either...then went to Safeway for a Starbucks, and neither did they! So I gave up, bought the frozen okra (didn't know it was a summer thing!) and will head to Whole Foods for Andouille tomorrow. I'm anxious for the real thing as I've never made gumbo before!

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                      hon Feb 4, 2008 11:25 AM

                      You have to go to the Superfresh in Hampden on 42st Street.
                      The Giant by where I work in Columbia has Andouille, where are you located?

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                        hon Feb 4, 2008 11:26 AM

                        Also, The Trader Joes have Andouille.

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                          crosby_p Feb 5, 2008 03:12 AM

                          I went to the Giant on Loch Raven at Taylor...but I've never tried the Hampden Superfresh...as that's where I want to live when my Fl. house sells, I'll check it out...also, Traders will be cheaper than Whole Foods!

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                        Hal Laurent Feb 5, 2008 03:20 AM

                        I checked the Safeway in Canton last night, and they were sold out of Andouille. I guess this isn't the easiest week of the year to get it. :-)

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                    SamyBoyd Feb 4, 2008 01:58 PM

                    Andouille is not the key ingredient in seafood gumbo. Smoked sausage is a good substitute. These are the things that matter for a great gumbo: a good dark roux (even the kind sold prepared in a jar), medium to large shrimp, oysters (added at the last minute), and crabmeat. Andouille is more important in file' gumbo which uses chicken and file' powder instead of seafood.

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                      crosby_p Feb 5, 2008 03:12 AM

                      Roux in a jar...never heard of it...where can I find it!!!

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                        hon Feb 5, 2008 05:18 AM

                        'Nawlins, I had a friend who lived there who sent me a jar, it's a decent substitute if you don't feel like making a roux.

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                      Super Salad Feb 5, 2008 05:12 AM

                      Trader Joes sells a chicken/turkey organic andouille. They had it this weekend.

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                        Hal Laurent Feb 5, 2008 05:35 AM

                        Chicken/turkey organic andouille sounds just *so* wrong!

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                          hon Feb 5, 2008 08:14 AM

                          it does but I have to say, it's very tasty!

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                        pineychef Feb 5, 2008 06:20 AM

                        Louisiana Express in Bethesda sells many specialty New Orleans ingredients, call first. http://www.louisianaexpresscompany.com/

                        Also for a variety of authentic cajun andouille, try the cajun grocer. http://www.cajungrocer.com/fresh-food...

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