Recipe for Maryland Blue Crab File Okra Gumbo
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Maryland Blue Crab File Okra Gumbo

3 cups lump crab meat
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 cups chopped okra (1-16 ounce can)
1 tablespoon black pepper
4 tablespoons file powder
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2 tablespoons salt

Preparation Instructions:

First you will need to prepare the rue. To do so, you can combine the cooking oil and flour in heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until the flour is dark brown in color. Set aside. Next you will saute slowly the 2 cups okra, bell peppers, celery and green onions. Combine these ingredients and browned flour into large pot that is 4 to 6 quarts in size. Then add 2 quarts water, salt, pepper and file. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Serve the gumbo immediately. You may enjoy hitting it with some filet gumbo powder for a thickening effect, as well as dipping in come french bread or buttermilk biscuits.

While there are many different variations that can be tried, this one is also delicious.

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