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Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Serves12
Ingredientsoysters
Day PartDinner
Menu PartEntree
Cuisine TypeAmerican
walk-ons gumbo

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
Baton Rouge, La.

Louisiana chef John Folse cooked this gumbo for Walk-On's Independence Bowl college football game, held earlier this season, but this Creole soup-stew also makes for a celebratory Mardi Gras meal. There are as many variations of gumbo as there are parade floats, but they all start with a saute of onions, bell peppers and celery—“the holy trinity” in culinary terms—and are thickened with a brown roux. Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar's version also includes lots of local seafood, such as crab, oysters and shrimp, as well as andouille sausage.

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped bell pepper

¼ cup diced garlic

½ lb. sliced andouille sausage

1 lb. claw crabmeat

3 qt. shellfish or seafood stock, heated

2 cups sliced green onions

½ cup chopped parsley

Salt and cayenne pepper, to taste

Hot pepper sauce, optional

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat

2 dozen oysters, shucked (reserve liquid)

Cooked rice

Steps

  1. Prepare roux: In 7-qt. cast-iron Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle in flour; with wire whisk, stir constantly until thickened and golden brown; do not allow roux to scorch.
  2. Stir in onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic; saute 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables wilt. Add andouille; blend well into vegetable mixture and saute 2 to 3 minutes longer. Stir in claw crabmeat until incorporated.
  3. Slowly stir in hot stock, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly until all is incorporated. Bring to a low boil; reduce heat to simmer and cook about 30 minutes. Add more stock if necessary to retain volume.
  4. Stir in green onions and parsley; season to taste with salt, cayenne and hot sauce. Fold in shrimp, lump crabmeat and oysters and their liquid. Return to low boil and cook about 5 minutes. Serve over cooked rice.

Photo courtesy of Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar

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