Slow cooker turkey and andouille gumbo starts with sautéed veggies and a simple roux that's cooked until toasty on the stove. After broth is added it's transferred for a long simmer, one where Worcestershire sauce provides umami and depth and Louisiana-style hot sauce offers heat and tang. Meanwhile, background notes come from bay leaves and thyme, and its signature flavor arrives courtesy of smoked sausage, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne.
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The Louisiana meal of red beans and rice is typically made with pork: smoked, salted, roasted, or pickled. Those all work well in this recipe (a pound of sliced and browned andouille sausage would be our choice), but the beans also shine with smoked turkey.
A Cajun rub on these catfish fillets blackens over high heat and becomes an intense combination of spicy, earthy, and herbal notes that balances with the flavor of the fish.
Louisiana remoulade starts with a mayo base, but then adds ingredient after ingredient to form a reddish complex sauce that's creamy, tart, and spicy. Traditionally served with seafood—great with shrimp, crab cakes, and fried fish fillets—my absolute favorite thing with remoulade would be fried dill pickles. Those salty, sour crunchy chips are a perfect pairing in my book.