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Chuck Braden

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HOWARDS CAJUN SEAFOOD GUMBO                          Howard Deese

 

                  Vegetable base:

cup vegetable oil
3 pounds canned tomatoes
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery including leaves
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 TBSP. chopped garlic
2 TBSP. vinegar
4 quarts seafood stock (see note)( you may substitute a good quality canned chicken stock, Howard will be disappointed, but will get over it!)

                  Seasonings:

1 TBSP. Salt
1 TSP. cayenne
2 TSP. dried basil
2 TSP. fresh ground black pepper
5 bay leaves
2 TSP. dried thyme
2 TSP. dried oregano

                  Roux:

1 cups canola oil
1 cups whole wheat flour

                  Additions:

6 cups sliced okra
1 pound crab claw meat
3 pounds small to medium shrimp
1 pint oysters
1 cup chopped green onions
File powder to taste

Heat oil in a large heavy pot and add vegetables, vinegar and seasonings.  Cook over low to medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring and scraping often.  Add stock and simmer for one hour.

To make roux: Heat oil in a heavy bottom fry pan.  Slowly add flour, stirring with a wire whisk until mixture is smooth.  Cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to medium, continuing to stir, for 20 minutes or until mixture is a golden brown.

Add the okra to the roux and continue stirring until some of the sliminess is gone. (Howards wording) slowly add stock and vegetables to the roux.  Simmer another hour.

Add crab and shrimp and simmer (over low heat) 10 - 15 minutes.  Add oysters and simmer about 5 minutes.  Add green onions.  Serve in bowls around a small mound (scoop) of rice and sprinkle with the file powder (file should not be cooked)

serves 24