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Greenbow County Okra Gumbo

Courses: Soup
Serves: 2 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 lb 454g / 16ozFresh okra - sliced
1/4 cup 49g / 1.7ozPlus 2 tbs. Butter melted - melted and divided
1/4 cup 15g / 0.5ozAll-purpose flour
1   Green onions - sliced
1/2 cup 55g / 1.9ozChopped celery
2   Garlic cloves - minced
2   Water
1   Whole tomatoes - undrained and
  Chopped (16-oz.)
1 tablespoon 15mlChopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlSalt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlGround red pepper
1 section  Fresh thyme
1   Bay leaf
1 lb 454g / 16ozUnpeeled medium-size fresh - shrimp
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozFresh crabmeat - drained and
  Hot cooked rice
  Gumbo file' - (optional)

Recipe Instructions

Cook okra in 2 tbs. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Set aside.

Combining remaining 1/4 cup butter and flour in a large Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until roux is chocolate colored (20 to 25 minutes). Stir in green onions, celery, and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender. Add okra, water, and next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Peel and devein shrimp; add shrimp and crabmeat to okra mixture. Simmer an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve gumbo over rice. Add gumbo file', if desired.

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