Nita’s Shrimp Gumbo

Nita Aber

  • ½ cup bacon drippings
    or cooking oil
  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • 1 lb. okra
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 qts. hot water
  • 2 lbs. shrimp
  • 1 can (No. 2) tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. celery leaves, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp. gumbo filé

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.

Nita’s Shrimp Gumbo

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