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Seafood Gumbo

Source: Saveur Magazine
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  10-12 servings
4 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 ribs celery, trimmed and diced
1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
8 ounces fresh okra, trimmed, or frozen and thawed, cut into 1 in. pieces
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
8 cups chicken stock
One 10 ounce can Ro-Tel Original diced tomatoes and green chiles
One 8 ounce can diced tomatoes in sauce
4 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoon liquid crab boil
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound small shrimp, peeled
1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
1 pint shucked oysters, coarsely chopped (strain oyster liquor into chicken stock)
1 tablespoon filé powder, (filé powder is made from sassafras)
To make a roux, melt butter in a small, heavy skillet over medium low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring often, until smooth and light caramel in color, about 30 minutes. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add celery, onions, peppers, okra, oregano, thyme, and bay leaves, and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very soft, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat stock in a large heavy pot, then keep warm over low heat. Transfer vegetables to stock and add Ro-Tel, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, crab boil, and sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add shrimp, crab, and oysters, and simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 to 30 minutes.

Whisk filé powder into 1/2 cup water, then into gumbo. Stir in reserved roux and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve gumbo over rice, if you like.

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Recipe reprinted by permission of World Publication, LLC. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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