RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Gumbo Soup As Made in New Orleans in 1850

Gumbo Soup As Made in New Orleans in 1850

(Transcribed from The Democrat, Huntsville, Alabama Sept 12, 1850)

Take a fowl of good size, cut it up, season it with salt and pepper and dredge it with flour. Put into the soup kettle 1 tablespoonful of lard, 1 of butter, 1 onion chopped fine. Next fry the fowl till well browned, must simmer for 2 hours.

Then put in 30 oysters, a handful of chopped okra, a very little thyme, and let it simmer half an hour more. Just before serving up, add a half tablespoon of feelee powder. (Feelee powder is the powdered leaves of sassafras)  Soups must simmer not boil.

If made a day before and the grease skimmed off when cool, this soup may be taken with impunity by dyspeptics. (VICTOR Pendleton, July 30, 1850)

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  1. Jane DeNeefe

    That sounds like terrible gumbo.

  2. Robert Ross

    I saw it done like this, even using a wood stove on one of the “Cajun Gardner” videos on U Tube. I’ll stick to my recipe, thanks.

  3. Carole Bowles Hart Revelle

    OMG! Yuck! Okra and oysters in the same dish.

  4. Maurine Turner Taylor

    Sounds like a cross between a chicken stew and a gumbo. Yuck!

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