Creole gumbo

  (Damon Winter, Los Angeles Times)


Total time: About 4 hours

Servings: 16

Note: Bayou Magic Cajun Seasoning, gumbo file and Old Bay Seasoning (a spice mix) can be found in the spice aisle of most supermarkets. Serve with white rice and French bread.

1 pound (31 to 40) Louisiana shrimp, shells on

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup gumbo file

1 large onion, chopped

6 green onions, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon Bayou Magic Cajun Seasoning, divided

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, divided

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 pound piece smoked turkey ham, cut into 1/2 -inch dice

4 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4) cut into 1-inch pieces