Seafood Gumbo

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1bay leaf, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ 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 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 7 cups fish stock
  • 2 cups shucked oysters
  • 1 cup crabmeat
  • 1 pound small shrimp – peeled and deveined, shells reserved for stock
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine the red, white, and black peppers, paprika, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and salt; set aside.

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  • Step 2

    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.

  • Step 3

    Add tomato sauce, and stir as it reduces over high heat.Add fish stock and bring to a boil.Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  • Step 4

    When ready to serve, add shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat.Cover, and wait 5 minutes.Turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes.Serve.

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