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Seafood Gumbo

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Ingredients
  Reduced calorie margarine 1 Tablespoon
  Onion 2 Cup (32 tbs), chopped
  Tasso ham/Lean ham 1 1⁄4 Ounce, minced
  Celery 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), chopped
  Bell pepper 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs), chopped
  Sliced okra 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Peeled chopped tomatoes 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Seasoning blend 4 Teaspoon (1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon)
  Bay leaves 3
  Shrimp stock/Water 7 Cup (112 tbs)
  Oyster liquid 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Minced garlic 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Peeled shrimp 1 Pound
  Minced green onions 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Green Part Only)
  Oyster/24 medium oysters 12 Large
  Crabmeat 1⁄2 Pound (Picked Over)
  Hot cooked rice 6 Cup (96 tbs)
Directions

Place margarine in a large pot or kettle over high heat.
Add 1 cup chopped onions and the tasso; cook over high heat, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, about 3 1/2 minutes.
Add 1 cup celery and 3/4 cup bell pepper.
Lower heat to medium, cover and cook about 2 minutes.
Remove cover.
Add 3 cups okra and all of the tomatoes.
Mix thoroughly, add 1 tablespoon of the and stir, scraping up all the caramelized browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
If this browned part does not come up easily, add 2 tablespoons of stock and scrape it up.
Add the bay leaves.
Cook, covered, over high heat, occasionally stirring and scraping, about 8 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup of shrimp stock, scrape the bottom of the pot, cover and cook 12 minutes.
Add the oyster liquid, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic.
Stir, using the liquid to help scrape the bottom of the pot.
Cover and cook 11 minutes.
Add 4 cups stock, remaining 1 cup onions, 1/2 cup celery, 1 cup okra, 1/2 cup bell pepper and the remaining teaspoon of minced garlic.
Cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
Add 2 more cups of stock and cook another 3 minutes.
Stir in the remaining teaspoon of and continue cooking for 8 minutes.
Add the salt, cook 2 minutes, then stir in the shrimp, green onions, oysters and crabmeat.
Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn off heat and let it sit 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
Remove bay leaves before serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Stewed
Ingredient: 
Seafood
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy

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