Opelousas Oyster Gumbo

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Makes 6 servings



  1. Brown flour in butter until it is a deep red-brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  2. Add green peppers, onion and garlic.
  3. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir in water, parsley, salt, black pepper, thyme, red pepper and bay leaf.
  5. Add shrimp and oysters with liquid.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes longer until shrimp are pink and oysters begin to curl.
  7. Remove from heat and add gumbo file to taste.
  8. Serve in shallow bowls over fluffy rice.