Peel and clean shrimp; add shrimp, chicken, crabmeat, and oysters, during the last 15 to 20 minutes of simmering period. (remove bay leaves)
Add Tony Chacerie's to taste and gumbo file to taste during the last 15 to 20 minutes of simmering period also.
Serves 18 to 24
Last Wednesday when I made this pot of gumbo, I spent a grand total of $55.00 which included a small hen and approximately 6 pounds of shrimp and 1 pound of crabmeat along with the 12 ounces of oysters. I fed 24 adults this savory dish along with a Caesar Salad, hot rice, french bread and a dessert. The total meal was approximately $80 dollars~ Not bad, eh?
Using 1 pound of pre-cooked, cleaned shrimp is ok, but fresh shrimp is what gives this dish its savory robust seafood flavor.