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Seafood Gumbo   HT   MC   Cajun  Creole 95mins



Serves  4      Hot     Seafood     Shellfish   Grains  Vegetables Main Course Dairy Free  Louisiana  Nth American North America




60ml/2fl.oz. Vegetable Oil

25g/1oz Flour

1 Large Onion, chopped

1 Green Capsicum (Sweet Pepper) chopped

2 Sticks of Celery, chopped

3 Garlic Cloves, crushed

2 Large Tomatoes, chopped

120ml/4fl.oz. Tomato Purée

450g/1lb Fresh Okra, chopped

2.2L/4pts Good Fish or Seafood Stock

2 teasp  Creole Seasoning

1 Bay Leaf

Salt and Black Pepper

450g/1lb Peeled Shrimp or Prawns

12 Fresh Oysters, removed from shells and liquor reserved

350g/12oz Fresh Crabmeat

225g/8oz Long Grain Rice




1. Heat the oil  in a large heavy flameproof-casserole or saucepan, add the flour and cook for 3-4 minutes over a medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and lightly browned.


2. Add the onions, capsicum, celery and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent and the vegetables are tender.


3. Add the tomatoes and tomato purée, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes then add the seasonings, and about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.


4. Add the okra, and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes, then gradually add the stock, stirring constantly. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.


5. Meanwhile, place the rice in a large saucepan with plenty of cold water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain well.


6. After the 20 minute cooking time add the shrimps or prawns to the vegetable mixture and cook for a further 5 minutes. Then add the oysters and oyster liquor and cook for a further 5 minutes. 


7. Finally, add the crab and mix well until the crabmeat is heated through.


8. To Serve - divide the rice between 4 warmed serving bowls then ladle the gumbo over and around it. Serve immediately.




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