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    Shrimp Gumbo

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    1 hr 50 mins

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    Bev's Note:

    Here's a recipe directly from The American Woman's Cook Book from 1938.

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    1. 1
      Clean onions, reserving green tops.
    2. 2
      Chop and saute with okra in bacon fat.
    3. 3
      Add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add stock, peppers, green onion tops cut into strips, thyme, bay leaf, and salt.
    5. 5
      Heat to boiling and cook 10 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add shrimp, cut into halves, cover closely and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
    7. 7
      Serve with rice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 15, 2002


      I can't help but agree with your father. I was born in Louisiana in 1940 and have enjoyed Shrimp Gumbo for many years. When you add sausage to it the shrimp flavor is overpowered. A friend of mine in La Rose said to me if it's not shrimp, it's not gumbo. His wife made wonderful gumbo and never put a hint of sausage near it. This is truly one of the original recipes. LR Beckwith

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    • on October 19, 2002


      It was alright, but without the addition of onion, garlic, celery, and some parsley at the end along with crab meat or crabs, it's not really a true gumbo. Try it and see for yourself. A true Louisiana girl who learned from her Mother!

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    • on May 26, 2003

      I have lived in Louisiana all of my life as have some of the above reviewers. However, I also personally know quite a few "cajuns" who do not use a roux when they make a gumbo that has okra. In fact, I worked with a lady that was born a Landry and married a Desormeaux (true cajun people) and when I asked her where was the roux in her okra gumbo she looked at me like I had lost my mind and said "You don't put roux in an okra gumbo." I have not tried the above recipe simply because it is not to my personal liking. I prefer a gumbo with onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic and, yes, roux. Gumbo is like any other dish. A lot of it is simply personal preference. But to say it's not a gumbo, well, just don't say that around too many cajuns here in the Lafayette area.

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    Nutritional Facts for Shrimp Gumbo

    Serving Size: 1 (146 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 82.5
    Calories from Fat 10
    Total Fat 1.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 86.4 mg
    Sodium 380.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 2.1 g
    Protein 12.7 g

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