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It's a good recipe so I'll share - I actually have 20 minutes to just wait around for it to finish. This recipe requires you have a little cooking experience - need to know how to saute veggies and when to stop. If you are scared on how to make a rue look it up - there are many youtube videos and detailed instructions out there. Also if you want to make this recipe ahead of time, just do steps 1-4. Save the last step for when you want to serve the dish.Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hrsIngredients:5 slices bacon, cooked & diced (keep drippings)4 tbsp flour1.5 qt chicken broth2 tbsp butter or margarine2 large onions, chopped2 cloves garlic, crushed1 small green pepper, minced3 cups chopped okra1 lb can peeled tomatoes, drained & chopped (keep liquid)4 bay leaves1 tsp salt1 tsp pepperdash of Tabascodash of cayennedash of Worcestershire2 lb shrimp, shelled & divined 1 lb crab meat or 6 crabs, cleaned (you can buy the cheapest canned crab meat in the store - look by the fish & meat department!)Cooked RiceSaltine crackersSteps:1. Fry bacon in heavy, non stick saucepan until crisp. Set bacon aside on paper towels. 2. Stir flour into drippings, cook until lightly browned, stirring constantly. This makes a rue. Gradually stir in some broth, avoiding lumps. It should be like gravy. Set aside.3. Melt the butter/margarine in a soup pot, and add in onions, garlic, green peppers, and saute. Then add okra and tomatoes (drained).4. Stir skillet (rue) mixture into soup pot. Add the tomato liquid, chicken broth, chopped bacon, and all seasoning. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 1 hour (steps 1-4 can be prepared ahead of time if need be).5. About 30 minutes before serving, add seafood and salt if necessary. Cook slowly. Serve along with cooked rice, crackers and Tabasco sauce. Enjoy!Possible substitutions:I substituted celery for green peppers today, didn't have any peppers on hand. Turns out fine.You can easily "cheapen" this recipe by replacing some of the crab meat with cooked chicken breast. Just cook the chicken on the side, chop up, and add to the gumbo.I'll post pictures soon, after the game.
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