Seafood Gumbo

Schrimp and Crab Gumbo

Ingredients

8 bay leaves
1 tablespoon thyme
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon allspice
2 tablespoons oregano
1 tablespoon basil
2 cups vegetable oil
4 cups flour
2 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
2 cups chopped celery
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 pounds frozen okra pieces
3 quarts clam juice
1 quart water
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 cup chopped celery
3 pounds shrimp
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 pound crab meat
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup gumbo file powder (gumbo file powder is the powdered leaves of the sassafras tree)

Directions

Combine bay leaves, thyme, black pepper, salt, allspice, oregano and basil. Set aside.
Heat oil until smoking. Add flour and cook until dark brown. Add chopped onion, Cajun spice, chopped celery, sugar and frozen okra pieces. Add to hot roux. Cook to sauté vegetables. Add clam juice, water, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and Cajun seasoning to roux and sautéed vegetables. Bring to a boil.

Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add gumbo file to finished gumbo. Serve over rice.