Gumbo File Seasoning is sassafras leaves which have been dried and ground to make file powder. It is pea green in color, fibrous and has a woodsy-like flavor reminiscent of root beer. Gumbo File Seasoning thickens as well as flavors foods.
Use as a seasoning for any Cajun dish. Great when preparing creoles, gumbo, soups, fish, shell fish, poultry, game, highly spiced meats and vegetable stews prepared in a Cajun fashion.
Gumbo File is added after the dish is removed from the heat, but while the liquid is still near boiling. It is stirred in and blended thoroughly. The dish must not be allowed to boil after the file powder is added or it will turn stringy. Start by using 1 teaspoon per 4 servings and adjust from there.