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Paleo Roux Recipe?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Since I discovered by accident that finely chopped cauliflower in stew is like rice in gumbo, I want to try to make gumbo! I'm not worried about thickening the gumbo since okra, file powder (ground sassafras leaves), and super bony broth will make it thick enough, I just want that roux flavor!

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on January 06, 2013
at 07:38 PM

+1 I also use sweet rice flour when making a roux, probably not paleo in the strictest sense, but I see it is pretty harmless, and I rarely need to make a roux, making it even less of a problem.

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on January 06, 2013
at 06:23 PM

Rice flour isn't Paleo, since it is a grain product; however, I fail to see how a few tablespoons of rice flour as compared to coconut or almond flour in an otherwise whole-foods Paleo-approved gumbo would be so deleterious. A lot of people here eat a diet that's more inclusive of white rice products, but of course that varies depending on their goals and situation. White rice may not be right for you, but it's not OMGPALEOBLASPHEMY, and in this context I think it might be a good solution if you're interested in the results, not the fun of being more Paleo than others.

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on January 06, 2013
at 06:08 PM

If it's just for the flavor, oven toasted coconut flour sounds like it would be a great choice then, and would add a little more Caribbean flair to the gumbo ...

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on January 06, 2013
at 04:39 PM

says who? I don't how you're gonna make a roux without a flour and a fat! Without them by definition you won't have a roux. If you want 'roux flavour', add butter?

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on January 06, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Rice flour isn't Paleo...

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Yeah, I'm aware that finely chopped cauliflower can be used as a rice substitute---that's why I asked about making roux.

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:05 PM

fine chopped cauliflower can be used as a rice substitute as well - either raw or if you want it warmed: oven toasted or quickly blanched

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on January 06, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Arrowroot and tapioca flours work well.

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on January 06, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Emeril makes a low fat gumbo that's roux is just flour cooked in oven at 450 30 min till dark nut brown I used to make it all the time before going paleo and works well so just substitute a paleo approved flour

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on January 06, 2013
at 06:08 PM

If it's just for the flavor, oven toasted coconut flour sounds like it would be a great choice then, and would add a little more Caribbean flair to the gumbo ...

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D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:42 PM

I've done it with rice flour and butter. Not strictly paleo, but gluten free at least. It seemed to work pretty well but possibly didn't have the thickening properties of wheat flour.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 06, 2013
at 07:38 PM

+1 I also use sweet rice flour when making a roux, probably not paleo in the strictest sense, but I see it is pretty harmless, and I rarely need to make a roux, making it even less of a problem.

0c875e97044bf838a074470caa5d630d

on January 06, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Rice flour isn't Paleo...

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on January 06, 2013
at 04:39 PM

says who? I don't how you're gonna make a roux without a flour and a fat! Without them by definition you won't have a roux. If you want 'roux flavour', add butter?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:23 PM

Rice flour isn't Paleo, since it is a grain product; however, I fail to see how a few tablespoons of rice flour as compared to coconut or almond flour in an otherwise whole-foods Paleo-approved gumbo would be so deleterious. A lot of people here eat a diet that's more inclusive of white rice products, but of course that varies depending on their goals and situation. White rice may not be right for you, but it's not OMGPALEOBLASPHEMY, and in this context I think it might be a good solution if you're interested in the results, not the fun of being more Paleo than others.

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on January 06, 2013
at 01:44 PM

Mix a little bit of coconut flour with some gelatin, water, and lots of butter. Beef stock would be even better. Go easy on the coconut flour as it absorbs liquid very quickly. The gelatin is used to replace the elasticity of the gluten. You can of course use a gelatinized bone broth instead of gelatin powder.

I've not tried this, so experiment and see what the proportions are.

I did something very similar though, I made a turkey gravy from giblets and liver two Thanksgivings ago, but you'll want to skip the liver/gibblets for a roux. Basically, it was cook liver, giblets, in butter, remove and throw in a food processor, buzz them until they're a paste, and throw them back in the pan, then a teaspoon of gelatin, then add the coconut flour a teaspoon at a time mixing thoroughly until you get the right consistency.)

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