Christmas on the River Seafood Gumbo
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.
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 50mins
- 1 gallon water
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 1 (3 ounce) package crab boil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 lbs fresh shrimp, unpeeled medium sized
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped (use vidalia if available)
- 2 medium green bell peppers, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 1 lb ham, cooked, cubed
- 2 lbs fresh crabmeat, drained, picked and flaked
- 3 lbs fresh okra, sliced (may substitute frozen if fresh is not available)
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
- 1⁄2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- hot cooked basmati rice
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.