Shrimp And Crab Gumbo
1 1/2 cups crabmeat
2 pounds shrimp, in shells
3 quarts water
2 small bay leaves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 small onion, cut in wedges
salt and black pepper
2 pounds okra, sliced
4 tablespoons bacon grease, divided
4 tomatoes, peeled & chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
2 green peppers, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
4 tablespoons brown roux
reserved shrimp stock
salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, to taste
hot cooked rice
In a large Dutch oven boil the water with bay leaves, lemon
juice, onion wedges, salt, pepper, and parsley. Wash shrimp and
add to pot; boil for 2 minutes. Peel shrimp and return shells to
the stock for later use. Put shrimp and crab meat in
refrigerator until ready to add to the gumbo.
Saute okra in 2 tablespoons bacon grease in large heavy skillet.
The okra will turn darker as it cooks. When okra is soft,
transfer to a stew pot and add tomatoes. Stir and mix together
well. Clean skillet and heat remaining 2 tablespoons bacon
grease. SautÃ© the chopped onion, green pepper, and red pepper.
When soft, add to the stew pot.
In a saucepan, warm the roux; strain shrimp stock and stir into
the roux. When well-blended, add to the large stew pot with the
other ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours,
adding more strained stock if needed. Taste and add salt,
pepper, thyme, and parsley to taste. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours
longer; add the shrimp and crab meat and cook for 15 more
Serve with fresh boiled rice in soup bowls.
Serves 6 to 8.