Seafood Gumbo

2 lb peeled shrimp
1 pint oysters
1 lb crabmeat
3 T oil
3 T flour
3 cups okra sliced and 2 T oil
½ cups celery chopped
2 onions chopped
½ cups chopped bell pepper
1 can tomatoes
3 qt water
1 bay leaf
1 T salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 dried red pepper

Peel shrimp (uncooked) and deveined. Make roux (dark like coffee) of flour and oil. Set aside. Smother okra in oil until all slime disappears. Add onions, bell pepper, celery, and tomatoes to okra and simmer for ½ hour. Then add water, garlic, salt, pepper, and roux. Let come to boil and simmer for 1 hour. Add shrimp and crabmeat until shrimp are tender. Add oysters and cook until oysters start to curl. Serve over rice.


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