Today’s seafood gumbo recipes take time, probably more than anyone has 10 days before Christmas. So, perhaps just ponder the ingredients and cook another day. Me? I’m listening to the gumbo sounds of Jimmy Buffett, brother of the Crazy Sista gumbo chef.
K is for 24 Karat
In The Little Gumbo Book, author Gwen McKee describes 24 Karat Gumbo as “Rich . . . in every sense of the word.” I’ll say. It’s got 24 ingredients. She says it’s a little more trouble and a little more expensive but worth it. Here’s the recipe as posted in Genie’s Southern Kitchen Forum.
2 pounds raw shrimp in shells
3 quarts water
3 lemon slices
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon K’s Cajun Seasoning (or salt and pepper)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup flour
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes, chopped
3 (10-ounce) packages frozen cut okra
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons each: chopped parsley, Tabasco, Worcestershire
1 1/2 teaspoons each: salt, black pepper, dried basil
2 cups cooked chicken, torn into bite-size pieces
4 crabs with claws, cleaned and quartered (or 12 ounces picked crabmeat)
12 – 16 oysters with liquid
Chopped green onions
Boil shrimp in water with lemon, bay leaves, and seasoning. Boil 1 minute, then remove shrimp to platter to cool. Discard lemon and bay leaves; reserve stock. Make roux by browning flour and oil. Add roux to stockpot along with remaining ingredients except seafood, filé, and green onions; simmer 30 minutes. Peel shrimp and add to stock with other seafood. Cook gently about 20 – 30 minutes. Serve over rice and pass the filé and green onions..Serves 12 -15 impressively.
L is for LuLu’s Gumbo
Lucy Buffett, sister to singing legend Jimmy Buffett, is famous in her own right as a chef and restaurateur of LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama . Her LA (Lower Alabama) Caviar made with black-eyed peas is listed as one of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die. For me, it’s the gumbo recipe in her Crazy Sista cookbook that’s mouth-watering (and time consuming). Here’s the recipe for Lucy Buffett’s Seafood Gumbo
During the 2010 BP Oil Spill, almost within eyesight of Lucy’s restaurant, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band “played for gumbo” before thousands with a benefit concert on the beach at Gulf Shores. Listen along.