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Tasty Seafood Gumbo

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Seafood Gumbo is a staple in the Cajun and Creole Cultures. As in most Cajun Cooking recipes, it starts with a Roux. A roux is used as a thickening agent for the traditional seafood soup. Okra is also used as a thickening agent as is a special spice called Gumbo File. File is ground sassafras. Gumbo File is sprinkled on the bowl of gumbo at the table for a little extra spiciness.
Ingredients
  Canola oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cajun trinity 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Minced garlic 2 Tablespoon
  Canned rotel tomatoes 28 Ounce
  Chicken stock 4 Quart
  Frozen cut okra 3 Pound
  Bay leaves 5
  Butter sticks 2
  All purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Large shrimp 3 Pound
  White crab meat 1 Pound
  Crab claw meat 1 Pound
  Crawfish tails 1 Pound
  Oysters 1 Pint
Directions

Step One: The Base - begin by heating 1/4 canola oil in a large stock pot (medium high #7). Saute’ Cajun Trinity until vegetables are well cooked. Add 2 tablespoons minced garlic. Pour in the large can of Rotel tomatoes and 4 quarts chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil. Add okra and stir well. Reduce heat to medium (#6) and allow okra to cook 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom.

Step Two: The Roux - when the okra is about done, start on the Roux. In a deep skillet, melt 2 sticks of butter on medium heat #6. Using a flat edged spatula, gradually stir in the 1 cup of flour. Continually stir - be careful not to splash on yourself. This is very hot and can burn you. Once you a achieve a dark carmel color, turn off the heat. Keep moving the roux so it doesn’t scorch. Carefully, pour into the stock pot and stir as you go. This is best done with two people if possible. Continue to simmer on #4 for 10 minutes.

Step Three: The Seafood - add Shrimp, Crab, Crawfish Tails and Oysters shortly before you are ready to serve. The seafood will only take about 5 minutes to cook.
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Servings: 
12
If you are looking for some simple Cajun creations, you can't get a better deal than this. Beryl Stokes presents one of her standout specialties, the seafood gumbo. This spicy Cajun creation comes packed with meat and plenty of veggies, seafood gumbo makes for a one-pot delicious dinner.

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