How Do You Make Crawfish File Gumbo?
One of the most celebrated dishes in Cajun and Creole cuisine, gumbo comes in many incarnations. Every cook has a different variation on this thick, delicious stew. Some crawfish file gumbo recipes call for the addition of salt pork, okra, corn and crab; others consist simply of crawfish, onions, spices, file and stock. The good news is that there’s no wrong way to make a gumbo, as long as you follow some basic steps. All good gumbos start with a roux, which is a mixture of flour and oil that is cooked slowly over low heat. Melt the butter or oil in your large pot or Dutch oven. Add flour and mix thoroughly. Continue gently stirring your roux over low heat until it turns dark brown, which will take 20 to 25 minutes. Add your sausage or bacon to the roux and cook until well-browned. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook until the vegetables soften, about eight to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, spices, okra and tomatoes. Simmer uncovered for five minutes, or until the spices begin