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Crab & Okra Gumbo
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

4 hard-shell crab
1 lb shrimp, cooked
1/2 lb ham
2 T oil
2 T flour
3 slices bacon
6 oz tomato paste or 14 oz can tomatoes
4 scallions
1 garlic clove, chopped fine or pressed
1 1/2 quarts hot water
1 lb okra, cut small
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Clean the crabs, remove all meat from claws and body, and cut into
pieces, each crab will make 4 to 6 pieces. Shell the shrimp. Cut
ham and bacon into small pieces. Mix the flour and oil in a pot.
When brown add bacon and ham. Cook for a few minutes, and add crab
and shrimp. Let this mixture cook until it becomes a good brown.
Add onion and garlic to crab and shrimp. Pour in water slowly,
then add okra, seasonings and tomato paste. Cook slowly, stirring
frequently, about 1 hour, or until it begins to thicken. A lid
should be kept on the pot. Serve hot with dry, cooked rice. If
it gets too thick, more water can be added.


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