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This is a favorite of ours,great with some crusty French bread and butter.Serve over freshly cooked rice if desired. From a March 1984 issue of Bon Appetit that featured Paul Prudhomme and the recipes of K-Paul's restaurant in New Orleans. Pass the Tabasco, please!
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons white pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 cups okra, sliced into 1/4-inch wide slices
- 3⁄4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
- 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 1⁄2 cups seafood stock
- 1⁄2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
- 3⁄4 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Combine first 8 ingredients in small bowl for seasoning mixture.
- Heat 4 Tablespoons oil in 4-quart saucepan over high heat 1 minute.
- Add 2 cups okra and saute until brown, about 6 minutes.
- Stir onion, green pepper and celery into okra and cook 1 minute.
- Add butter and cook 1 minute.
- Mix in garlic and saute 1 minute.
- Stir in seasoning mixture and continue cooking over high heat 3 minutes to blend flavors, scraping bottom of pan frequently.
- Add flour and remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
- Continue cooking until flour is brown,scraping bottom of pan frequently, about 2 minutes.
- Mix in 1 1/2 cups stock, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan.
- Stir in remaining stock; boil 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in remaining 1 cup okra and continue simmering for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead at this point. Cover and refrigerate.Slowly bring to a simmer before proceeding.).
- Add green onion to soup and simmer 3 minutes.
- Stir in shrimp and simmer until shrimp just turn pink, about 1 minute.
- Salt to taste and serve.