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    Christmas on the River Seafood Gumbo

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    2 hrs 50 mins

    25 mins

    2 hrs 25 mins

    breezermom's Note:

    This recipe originated from a hunting camp in Demopolis, Alabama....a true southern small town. Gumbo seems to be a common thing to serve at Christmas or on Christmas Eve in the south.....we didn't do so at my house growing up, but my ex-husband's family always had gumbo at Christmas.

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    1. 1
      Combine the water, lemon, crab boil, and 1 tsp salt in a large Dutch oven; bring it to a boil. Add the shrimp, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and discard the lemon and crab boil. Remove the shrimp, reserving the water. Peel and devein the shrimp; chill.
    2. 2
      Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove the bacon, reserving the drippings in the skillet. Crumble the bacon and set it aside.
    3. 3
      Add flour to the drippings in the skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the roux is caramel-colored (about 5 minutes). Watch the temperature and adjust it according to your stove -- do not burn the roux or you will have to start over. Once the roux is caramel colored, stir in the onion, green pepper and celery; cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
    4. 4
      Add the roux mixture, ham, and the remaining ingredients EXCEPT rice, chilled shrimp and crumbled bacon to the reserved water in the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour and 50 minutes. After about an hour and 40 minutes, start cooking your rice.
    5. 5
      Stir in the chilled shrimp and the crumbled bacon, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Serve the gumbo over hot cooked rice. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve hot sauce on the side.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 08, 2013


      I halved the recipe and tried to use less bacon to cut the calories, but because of less roux, there was little thickening, so it was very soupy. None the less , that's on me, not the recipe which was very tasty, indeed!

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    Nutritional Facts for Christmas on the River Seafood Gumbo

    Serving Size: 1 (9681 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 735.9
    Calories from Fat 304
    Total Fat 33.8 g
    Saturated Fat 10.6 g
    Cholesterol 296.7 mg
    Sodium 3622.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 42.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
    Sugars 9.6 g
    Protein 65.4 g

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