File Gumbo recipe

File powder can be found at your local spice shop. It's a thickening agent added to gumbo when okra isn't available, and it's easy to use. Just sprinkle some into the gumbo at the end of cooking, and let the thickening begin.

Ingredients:

½ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup flour
1 cup diced onions
½ cup diced green bell pepper
½ cup diced celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
2 bay leaves
½ cup diced ham
1 pound chopped chicken thigh pieces
6 cups chicken stock
1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp
12 oysters, shucked
¼ cup sliced green onions
1 tablespoon hot sauce
½ cup file powder, or to taste
2 cups cooked white rice

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium. Add flour and cook until nutty brown, 20 to 30 minutes, stirring continuously. Add onions, bell pepper, and celery; cook until softened 5 to 7 minutes, stirring. Add garlic, Cajun seasoning, and bay leaves; cook 30 seconds.

2. Add ham, chicken, and stock; bring to a boil over high heat, cover, and simmer 60 minutes. Add shrimp and oysters; cook 5 minutes. Add green onions and hot sauce; cook 5 minutes. Stir in file to taste and serve over rice.

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