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Cajun Shrimp And Oyster Gumbo



  1. Stock: In a large stock pot, combine 2 quarts water, 2 slices lemon, 2 dried red chilies, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, shrimp shells and oyster liquor.
  2. Bring to a boil. Cook at a low boil, uncovered until mixture is reduced to about 3 cups, about 25 to 30 minutes. Strain and discard seasonings and shrimp shells.
  3. To make roux: Combine flour and oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven. Cook and stir over medium high heat until roux turns a dark, rich red brown color but is not scorched, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until soft. Add green pepper, parsley, salt, thyme, cayenne pepper and pepper sauce. Cook and stir 5 minutes longer.
  5. Gradually, whisk in about 2 cups warm stock and tomatoes. Return to a boil and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add okra; simmer just until okra is tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp and oysters. Simmer just until edges of oysters curl and shrimp is pink and opaque,5 to 8 minutes. Do not overcook seafood.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. To serve: mound hot rice in soup plates and ladle gumbo over the top.

Yield: 6 Servings

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