The final tailgate party of the 2009 LSU football season clearly prompted people all over campus to break out their large pots and make a gumbo to feed the loyal fans. My Gumbo Saturday got off to a splendid start at the Ford Family Tailgating party where Jeremy kindly shared a little Jameson Irish Whiskey with me. While Jameson isn't my favorite Irish Whiskey (try Powers if you never have had it before), it still tastes just fine on the rocks. It has a smooth taste and a crisp bite to make for a very refreshing wakey whiskey, or for a nice drink at any other time of day.
Jameson Irish Whiskey on the Rocks
The day's first gumbo came from Mama and Papa Ford. In their large pot they cooked up a turkey, chicken, and sausage gumbo that tasted brilliant. Turkey meat is very seldom found in Cajun gumbos, but this being two days after Thanksgiving, it only made sense. The gumbo itself had an earthy roux that was more light brown than chocolate in color. I added a little hot sauce to mine and got after it... two bowls worth of getting after it over the span of an hour, I'm pretty sure.
The Ford Family Tailgating Gumbo in the Pot and in the Bowl
After a few more hours of tailgating at FFT, the time had come for me to migrate around campus before the Tigers kicked off in Death Valley. My next stop came at the Speyrer and Friends tailgate party where Nick had been cooking up another spectacular pot of gumbo. Sometimes you just can't get enough delicious gumbo served over Louisiana rice... and this was one of those days!