Friday, November 06, 2009

Highlight #255: mixing of cultures

This past weekend I was served a chicken & sausage gumbo at the home of Louisiana native. I've had real gumbo before, but never with a scoop of potato salad on top. A little research revealed that it is actually the preferred the way for many natives who cook and eat gumbo at home. Although at the restaurants, it is never served that way. However, potato salad is almost always found on the menu and can be ordered for that purpose. A little further research traced the origin of this practice to the influx of German immigrants to Louisiana in the 18th century. Very interesting! As for taste, it was good, but not indispensably good. The gumbo didn't cry out for potato salad the way it did rice.

1 comment:

T-Charry said...

my family is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and this is EXACTLY what we do, and it is SO good! OR we have fried fish, sweet peas and potato salad (chunky mustard potato salad at that)...YUM-OH!