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Brooklyn’s The Gumbo Bros showcase Cajun cooking on Mardi Gras

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BROOKLYN — College friends Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware were looking for authentic Louisiana cuisine when they came up with the idea to create their own in the form of a pop-up shop. Business took off and they parlayed it into a small restaurant in Brooklyn on Atlantic and Court. Gumbo Bros co-founder and cook, Adam Lathan, shares his great grandmother’s recipe and a love for cooking. He serves up traditional Gumbo, a family dish passed down to him in his native Alabama.

The Gumbo Bros serve lunch through dinner, with menu items ranging from $3.00 to $12.50.

But, if you don't have time for a visit, you can also make their official gumbo recipe:

Roux
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Canola Oil

1 Cup Chopped Onions
1/2 Cup Chopped Bell Pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
1 Cup Chopped Okra
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Granulated Garlic
3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
3 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
3 Fresh Sage Leaves (minced)
2 Cups shredded chicken
1 Cup chopped andouille sausage
1 Quart Chicken Stock
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
3 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
Steamed White Rice
Chopped Green Onions to Garnish

Stir oil and flour together over low heat until the roux becomes the color of dark chocolate.

Stir in onions, celery and bell pepper to soften (5 minutes). Add herbs and spices.

Add okra and continue to stir until the okra seeds begin to pop out of the pods and the mixture gets thick (5 minutes).

Add chicken and sausage, then chicken stock.

Salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with steamed white rice and garnish with green onion. Enjoy!