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    Seafood File Gumbo

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    Gingerbear's Note:

    A friend loaned my a Cajun Cookbook and that is where this recipe came from. They all look so delicious!

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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan and add the flour.
    2. 2
      Cook, stirring, to make a medium-brown roux (the color of peanut butter).
    3. 3
      Add the onion, scallions, garlic and celery and cook until softened.
    4. 4
      Add the tomatoes with their juice, breaking them down with the side of a spoon, then add the tomato paste, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, allspice, cloves, salt, peppers, cayenne to taste, lemon juice and water.
    5. 5
      Bring to a boil, stirring well.
    6. 6
      Add half the crabmeat and the whole crabs or claws.
    7. 7
      Simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
    8. 8
      If you like, you can scoop out allspice, cloves and bay leaf.
    9. 9
      Add the shrimp and the remaining crab and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
    10. 10
      Remove the pan from the heat and stir in enough file powder to thicken.
    11. 11
      Do not boil the gumbo after adding the file powder.
    12. 12
      Serve hot.
    13. 13
      NOTE*****Other seafood, such as purged crawfish, lobster and well scrubbed clams may be added to the gumbo, as available.
    14. 14
      Cooked seafood may be used, too.
    15. 15
      The finished gumbo will not have the richness of flavor given by crab cooked in it, but will still be delicious.
    16. 16
      Just heat cooked seafood through in the finished sauce.

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    Nutritional Facts for Seafood File Gumbo

    Serving Size: 1 (540 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 447.0
    Calories from Fat 266
    Total Fat 29.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 172.8 mg
    Sodium 949.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 5.6 g
    Protein 25.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    allspice berries


    lump crabmeat

    file powder

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