Transport to the Cajun South with a steamy bowl of gumbo. French andouille sausage is a spicy smoked sausage popular in Cajun dishes like gumbo, and jambalaya. Look for pork or chicken andouille. Or use any type of sausage you like.
For roux, in a heavy pot stir together flour and oil until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat about 5 minutes or until the roux is dark reddish brown.
Stir in the next five ingredients (through garlic). Cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add broth, okra, black pepper, and cayenne. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in sausage; heat through. Add shrimp and green onions; cook 2 to 4 minutes until shrimp are opaque, stirring frequently. If desired, stir in filé powder. Serve over rice.
Filé powder thickens and flavors gumbo. To let it work it's magic, stir it in after cooking.