Recipe for File' Gumbo Lafayette


1 pkg okra,frozen,sliced (10 oz.)
1/3 cup beef frye drippings
1 cup green onions w/tops,chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
2 cup hot water
1 can stewed tomatoes (16 oz.)
1 salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tabasco to taste
1 can salmon (15 1/2 oz.)
1 dash file' or to taste
1 1/3 cup cooked rice


Thaw okra and saute in Beef-Frye drippings or veg. shortening for 10 min. stirring occasionally. Add onions, celery, and garlic and cook abt. 5 min. more. Stir in flour. Add hot water, stirring constantly, and cook until slightly thickened. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and by leaf and cover. Simmer for additional 20 min. on low heat. Remove bay leaf and add Tabasco sauce. De-bone and skin salmon and add to gumbo. Heat thoroughly. Add dash of file' just before serving. Serve in soup bowls or plates over hot cooked rice.

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