In a saucepan over a gentle flame sauté bacon drippings or cooking oil & flour until the flour turns a dark brown. Stir constantly. Add okra & cook until brown & until the moisture has evaporated, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Just before okra is browned add garlic, finely chopped. When okra is brown add 2 qts. hot water, mixing it well, add shrimp, can of tomatoes, chopped green pepper, chopped celery leaves, bay leaves, thyme, salt & pepper to taste, bring to a boil & simmer gently for at least 1 hr. When ready to serve add gumbo filé to thicken.
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