, one of the great plantations located on River Road in White Castle, is approximately 75 miles west of New Orleans and 22 miles south of Baton Rouge.
A new chef brings in a new gumbo. They serve a Chicken and Sausage Gumbo in two sizes. The small is in a large bowl for $8 and the large is in a massive bowl for $11. If you have been reading my Louisiana Gumbo blogs, you will notice that I prefer a darker roux as the base and a gumbo that doesn’t include okra. Nottoway Plantations Gumbo is a dark roux gumbo (ya-ya style) that does not have okra. This is a great start.
The Gumboroma hit me immediately and it set the tone for a great gumbo. The next thing that hit me was the size of the small portion. I don’t want to discourage you to get the large portion, but trust me the small size is perfect and it leaves plenty of room for you to enjoy the rest of their menu. Since you asked, I had their barbecued shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage. Wow. This was fantastic. There were about seven other items that caught my eye, but I will come back for those.
Now back to the gumbo. The thick gumbo had plenty of chicken (breast meat) and a Louisiana smoked sausage from Creole Country Sausage. Creole Country Sausage is based in New Orleans but the recipe is from a retired sausage maker from Church Point, Louisiana, which is in Cajun Country. The sausage was very smoky, but was also a little salty for my taste (but I did eat it all). All Louisiana Gumbos start with a roux and then they add the "trinity" (onions, bell pepper and celery) but some chop them up so fine that they disappear. Not at Nottoway Plantation. I could see and taste the trinity. The rice was served hot as was the gumbo, but the rice didn’t add much to the taste (it didn’t need it). After I finished, I sat there for a few minutes enjoying the wonderful after burn and the view outside my window.
If you’ve always wanted to stay at a plantation, Nottoway is a good one. You have several different types of accommodations to choose from. So enjoy an excellent Louisiana Gumbo, walk the beautiful grounds and spend a night or two.
Nottoway Plantation's Chicken and Andouille Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Stuff: Very Good
Price: The Best
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
31025 Louisiana Hwy. 1
White Castle, LA 70788
Sunday Brunch: 11 am – 2 pm
Breakfast: 7 – 10 am
Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm
Dinner: 5 – 9 pm
The Louisiana Travelin' Man