Cajun Catfish Gumbo

Course : Fish
Serves: 10
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2 cups chopped onions
2 cups green onions -- chopped *
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup bell pepper -- chopped
6 cloves garlic chopped
6 fillets catfish fillets filets 7 oz
1 pound crab meat -- (claw)
1 pound shrimp -- (peeled)
1 1/2 cups oil
1 1/2 cups flour
4 quarts hot water
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper -- to taste

Preparation / Directions:

* separate and reserve greens. In separate pot, simmer 3 (7 oz.) catfish fillets in 1 quart of lightly salted water for 15 minutes. Strain through cheese cloth and reserve liquid. Chop catfish and reserve meat. In heavy bottom gumbo pot, add oil and flour. Cook over medium high heat stirring constantly until golden brown. Caution, do not scorch! Add all seasonings except green onions tops. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add all fish stock and chopped catfish. Add hot water, one ladle at a time, until consistency of thick soup is achieved. Add claw crab meat, and half of shrimp. Reduce to simmer. Cook approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add catfish, remaining shrimp and green onions tops. Cook 10-15 minutes. Season to taste using salt and cayenne pepper. Add water if necessary to retain volume. Serve over white rice.

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