Profile: It is a staple in Creole cooking, especially in gumbo. Other than root beer, sassafras has limited uses.
What is sand? Ground sassafras root is called filé powder. Native Choctaw Indians employed sassafras root and leaves before being adopted into Creole cooking.
The flavor is akin to root beer (from sassafras root) with woodsy, rosemary undertones. Sassafras powder is mostly used as a thickening. This is especially true with gumbo, a Creole cuisine. When okra isn't in season, filé powder is used to thicken gumbo.
|Ingredients:||Sassafras leaves and thyme.|
|Cuisine:||American, Cajun, Creole|
|Basic Prep:||Stir in gumbo file powder just before serving and after the dish has been taken off the heat.|
|Shelf Life:||3 years|
|Ways To Use:||Gumbo file powder is the perfect spice blend to add flavor and thicken your favorite gumbo dish!|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Handling / Storage:||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Allergen Information:||None Specified|