This recipe is based on another recipe I found on the internet. I made a few changes and added my own touches. It does take a long time, but it produces the richest flavor possible! I made a double batch of this last night and had 12 people over for dinner. They all declared that it's the best gumbo they have ever had!
- shrimp shells, from 1 pound of shrimp (41-50's)
- 5 quarts water
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 4 onions, quartered
- 1⁄2 bunch celery, sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 sprigs fresh parsley
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf, crushed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 2 cups chopped green bell peppers
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons file powder
- 1 1⁄2 cups tomato sauce
- 7 cups stock (above recipe)
- 1 lb sliced okra
- 1 lb andouille sausage, sliced
- 1 cup crabmeat
- 1 lb cooked and peeled crawfish tail
- 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved for stock
- hot pepper sauce
- salt & pepper
- seafood creole seasoning
- STOCK: Bake shrimp shells at 375 degrees F until dried and starting to brown on edges.
- About 15 to 20 minutes.
- Put everything into an 8-quart pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and cook 5 hours, uncovered.
- When stock is cooled, drain all liquid from the vegetables (I squeezed by hand), then discard all solids.
- GUMBO: Combine the cayenne, white and black peppers, paprika, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and salt in small bowl.
- In a heavy pot, 6 quart or larger, heat oil over medium heat until hot.
- Add onions, celery, and green bell peppers.
- Turn heat to high, stirring frequently.
- Add garlic, file powder, and the pepper-herb mixture.
- Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add tomato sauce and stock, bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add okra and sausage and simmer for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When ready to serve, add all seafood and cook for 3 minutes.
- Turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes, covered.
- Serve over long-grain rice.