Free Recipe Gumbo File

Recipe Type: Free Fish Recipes
Recipe Preparation: boil
Cooking Temperature:
Recipe Serves: 6

Ingredients for Gumbo File Recipe

1/2 lb Lump crabmeat, picked over
2 Garlic cloves, minced, and m
1/4 c Shortening
-shed to paste with
2 tb Flour (heaping)
1/2 ts Salt
1/4 c Onion, chopped
1 Bay leaf
1 lb Okra, rinsed, trimmed, and t
6 Parsley sprigs
-inly sliced 1
Thyme sprig
1/2 c Ham, chopped
2 tb Celery leaves, chopped
16 oz Tomatoes with juices
3/4 lb Shrimp, shelled
2 tb Green bell pepper, finely ch
Cayenne pepper to taste
-pped 1
tb File powder

Gumbo File Preparation

In a heavy skillet, melt the shortening over mod-low heat. Add flour and cook the roux, stirring constantly, for 30 minutes, or until it is the color of cocoa. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring until onion begins to brown. Add okra and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until okra is golden. In a kettle, bring 8 cups water to a boil, add the roux mixture, ham, tomatoes, with juice, bell pepper, garlic paste, bay leaf, parsley, thyme, and celery leaves. Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally for 50 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and lump crabmeat and simmer for 5 minutes or until shrimp are firm. Season it with cayenne and salt. Discard bay leaf and serve the gumbo sprinkled with file’ powder. Makes about 9 cups. a 1945 Gourmet Mag. favorite.

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