This sensational seafood-packed gumbo comes from TV personality and F&W contributor Andrew Zimmern. It’s terrific in its simplicity, with a foolproof roux (the mix of fat and flour that is the basis for all gumbos) that requires just 15 minutes of stirring instead of the usual hour.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 habanero chile, minced and most seeds discarded
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound okra, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons filé powder, see Note
5 cups chicken stock
3 cups bottled clam juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 (large) tomatoes, finely chopped
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
24 oysters and their liquor, shucked
Freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
In a pot, stir the flour and oil until smooth. Cook over moderate heat, stirring often, until the roux turns a rich brown color, 15 minutes. Add the andouille, celery, onion, bell pepper, habanero, garlic, okra, thyme, bay leaf and half of the filé powder and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is translucent. Add the stock, clam juice, Worcestershire and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring.
Stir in the remaining filé powder and add the crab, oysters and their liquor. Season with salt and pepper and simmer gently for 1 minute to just cook the oysters.
Filé powder is used as a thickener. Look for it in the spice section of supermarkets.