Well, I’ve learned something new today. Apparently, there are some gumbos that some put tomatoes in, though it seemed to be a small amount. I was raised by a coonass mother that never put tomatoes in her gumbo, nor did I ever see anyone else do so. Seems I’ve lived a gumbo sheltered life.
Same here. The only times I’d encounter tomatoes in gumbo was at family reunions or maybe an office dinner.
Okra is a fine vegetable. If the mucilaginous accompaniment is distressing, try using fried okra.*
A gumbo without okra is like a Mexican dish lacking cilantro.
*its availability at Captain D’s is the one reason I will probably return to that otherwise less than inspiring chain.