Gumbo not only tastes amazing but is a great meal for a large family.
Perfect on a cold day, every bite will transport your guests right to Bourbon Street.
Ingredients 1/2 cup vegetable oil/butter 1/2 cup flour 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 onions, chopped 2 green bell peppers chopped 1 cup chopped celery 6 cups beef broth 1 14.5 can diced tomatoes 1 1/2 teaspoon thyme 2 bay leafs 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Your favorite hot sauce (We like Louisinana or Cajun Sunshine) 3-4 whole crabs, cleaned and halved 1-2 cups of frozen okra 1-2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined if desired 1 pint oysters drained; liquid reserved 8 ounces claw crabmeat, picked over for shells 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/2 cup green onions chopped * hot cooked rice * favorite hot sauce
1 – Begin to make the roux – over medium-high heat whisk the flour and vegetable oil in heavy a bottomed pot until the roux turns a peanut-butter brown color. Be careful not to let it burn; if it does, throw it away and start over.
2 – Next, add the onions, garlic, celery and green peppers, and stir into the roux, turn the heat down to med-low and heat for 5 minutes then add garlic. Cook for 2 more minutes.
3 – Slowly stir in the broth, tomatoes, spices and whole crabs. Add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Simmer for about 1 hour. Be sure to skim any oil or foam that rises to the top.
5 – After an hour or so, add the shrimp, reserved oyster liquid, and frozen okra and cook for about 5 minutes.
6 – Next add parsley, green onions, crabmeat and oysters about 15 minutes before serving, and continue to cook over low heat stirring occasionally and adjusting spices.
7 – Serve ladled over hot cooked rice, with favorite hot sauce on the side.
TIP: Gumbo is great for freezing. If you decide to freeze, reheat the gumbo and add the oysters, 15 minutes before serving.