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File Gumbo / Chez Helene Recipe

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The late Chef Austin Leslie left a brilliant legacy of Creole dishes and he helped form my approach to the cuisine of NOLA. I follow no other recipe than the one he left me. When a dish is perfect, why stray?

Fresh ingredients will tell the tale. Now, as my mentor Paula Wolfert admonishes: "Relax and follow the recipe"!

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Servings: 10-12
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Ingredients

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  • 1/2 butter
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 4 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 C flour (you can use GF, if need be)
  • 4 toes garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green Bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 gal. seafood stock (or water)
  • 1/2 lb smoked ham
  • 6 crabs, cleaned and quartered (or some king crab legs)
  • 1/2 lb. hot sausage , 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 lb. smoked sausage, 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbs. File powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • fresh cooked rice (medium-grained is good

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot
  2. Add the celery, onion,parsley, green pepper and garlic
  3. Salute then simmer for 15 to 20minutes over low heat
  4. Af the flour and stir constantly for 15 more minutes
  5. Add the stock or water and the bay leaves
  6. Heat over medium for 20 minutes
  7. Stir in the ham, crab, and sausages and cook for 30 minutes
  8. Bring to the boil, stirring to prevent sticking
  9. When the pot returns to a boil, add shrimp, salt and pepper to taste
  10. Stir in the File powder
  11. Serve over fresh rice
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 220g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 310  
Calories from Fat 133 43%
Total Fat 14.75g 18%
Saturated Fat 4.69g 19%
Trans Fat 0.1g  
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 1465mg 61%
Potassium 475mg 14%
Total Carbs 6.52g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 0.63g 0%
Protein 35.16g 56%

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