Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mama's Seafood Gumbo

Mama's Seafood Gumbo
(Cest bon, cher!)

2/3 cup flour
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup each, of "the trinity"
2 tsp.'s Tabasco sauce
2 Tbls.'s Tony's Creole Seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 qt's warm water
Salt to taste
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 1/2 lbs. peeled shrimp
1 lb. lump crab meat
1 pint oysters
Gumbo file' powder

First, you make a roux. In a large heavy pot, on med.-low heat, mix the flour and oil, and stir constantly, scraping bottom often. Will get frothy, then thicker. Continue stirring until roux is med. brown in color. (about 10 minutes) Add 1/2 cup each of " the trinity" (chopped onions, celery, and bell peppers ) Stir for 1 minute and add 1 1/2 quarts of warm water.

Mix thoroughly, add seasonings and turn heat down to low and simmer (covered) for 15 minutes. Add 1 1/2 quarts of warm water, bay leaf ,and 1 1/2 lb.'s peeled shrimp, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add 1 lb. lump crab meat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 pint of oysters and simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions and file' powder.
Serve in gumbo bowls with hot rice and potato salad. Serves 6 Bon Appetite'!

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