Shrimp Gumbo

1-1/2 cups melted butter
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped onions, cut into 3/8″ pieces
1 cup chopped green peppers, cut into 3/8″ pieces
1 cup chopped celery, cut into 3/8″ pieces
1 lb. Andouille sausage, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1/2 lb. Tasso smoked meat, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 tbsp. paprika
3 tbsp. “Emeril’s Bayou Blast” seasoning
2 tsp. gumbo file, ground
1 tsp. ground Ancho pepper (optional for extra heat)
10 cups cold chicken stock or broth
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 bay leaves
1/2 lb. shrimp, cleaned and peeled with tails removed
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine the melted butter and flour in a large heavy pot, stirring
constantly over media heat. Cook until the roux is a dark,
chocolate brown color (about 20 to 25 minutes).

Add the chopped onions, green peppers, celery, Andouille sausage
and Tasso smoked meat. Cook, stirring continuously, until the
vegetables are very soft (about 8 to 10 minutes).

Add the paprika, the “Emeril’s Bayou Blast” and the gumbo file. If
you want a spicier dish, add the Ancho pepper. Cook for about 1-2
minutes.

Add the cold chicken stock or broth. Stir until the roux mixture
and the broth are well combined.

Add the bay leaves and the brown sugar, bringing the mixture to a
boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook uncovered, stirring
occasionally, for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Add shrimp to the soup approximately 15 to 20 minutes prior to
serving (size of the shrimp will determine how long they need to
cook). Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 10-12

Note: Filé powder, also called gumbo filé, is a spicy herb made from the dried and ground leaves of the North American sassafras tree. Filé powder is used in Louisiana Creole cuisine in the making of some types of gumbo, a thick Creole soup or stew often served over rice. Several different varieties exist. In New Orleans, what is known as Creole gumbo generally ranges from house to house though still retaining its African and Native American origins. The Creoles of Cane River make a gumbo focused much more on filé. Filé can provide thickening when okra is not in season, in types of gumbo that use okra or a roux as a thickener for gumbo instead of Filé. Sprinkled sparingly over gumbo as a seasoning and a thickening agent, Filé powder adds a distinctive, earthy flavor and texture. This herb/spice can be found at Walmart.

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