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Maryland Blue Crab File (Okra Gumbo)
  • 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
  • 3 cups lump crab meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
Prepare rue: Combine cooking oil and flour in heavy skillet over medium flame, stirring constantly until flour is dark brown in color. Set aside. Saute slowly 2 cups okra, bell peppers, green onions and celery. Combine these ingredients and browned flour into large pot (4 to 6 quarts in size). Add 2 quarts water, salt, pepper and file. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
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