This gumbo takes some time, but is well worth the investment. Serve over long-grain white rice."
Original recipe yield: 8 servings.
Prep Time:15 MinutesCook Time:1 Hour 20 MinutesReady In:1 Hour 45 MinutesServings:8 (change)
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons file powder
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
7 cups Seafood Gumbo Stock
2 cups shucked oysters
1 cup crabmeat
1 pound small shrimp - peeled and deveined, shells reserved for stock
Combine the red, white, and black peppers, paprika, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and salt; set aside.
In a heavy pot, 5 quart or larger, heat oil over medium heat, warming the pot first. Add onions, celery, and green pepper. Turn heat to high. Stirring frequently, add garlic, file, hot sauce, and the pepper-herb mixture. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add tomato sauce, and stir as it reduces over high heat. Add Seafood Gumbo Stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
When ready to serve, add shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat. Cover, and wait 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve.
Note: File powder is a seasoning made from the ground, dried leaves of the sassafras tree. It's an integral part of Creole cooking, and is used to thicken and flavor Gumbos and other Creole dishes.
This stock will give your Seafood Gumbo the richest flavor possible. The addition of fish bones and skins or any leftover seafood will further improve the flavor."
Original recipe yield: 2 quarts.
Prep Time:15 MinutesCook Time:7 Hours 35 MinutesReady In:7 Hours 50 MinutesServings:8 (change)
shells from 1 pound shrimp
5 quarts water
4 carrots, sliced
4 onions, quartered
1/2 bunch celery, sliced
2 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 sprigs fresh parsley
5 whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons dried thyme
Bake shrimp shells at 375 degrees F (195 degrees C) until dried and starting to brown on edges.
In an 8-quart pot, combine water, carrots, onions, celery, bay leaves, garlic, parsley, cloves, pepper, basil, thyme and shrimp shells. Bring slowly to a boil.
Reduce heat, and cook 5 to 7 hours. Replace water as needed, 2 or 3 times, by pouring more water down the inside of the pot.
Remove stock from heat, and strain. Press all liquid from the shells and vegetables, then discard them. Return liquid to heat, and reduce to 2 to 3 quarts, or to taste.