Shellfish and Andouille Gumbo with Shrimp, Scallops, Clams and Oysters with Crispy Okra

  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into thin rounds
  • For the Crispy Okra
  • Shrimp Stock:
  • For the seafood
  • 2 small ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 3 cups raw shrimp shells and tails
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 medium celery stalk
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 medium fresh tomato, or 1/2 cup canned plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 to 8 cups Shrimp Stock, recipe follows
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves, for garnish
  • Freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
  • Seafood:
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 scallops
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails on
  • 18 shucked oysters
  • 6 ounces lump crabmeat
  • Crispy Okra:
  • Canola oil
  • 1/2 pound okra, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the gumbo base
Heat a medium skillet over high heat. Add the andouille and cook until golden brown on both sides. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels. Do not drain. In the same pan, cook the celery, carrots, onion, bell pepper and garlic until soft.
Melt the butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Gradually add the flour, stirring occasionally. Cook the mixture (roux) until it's a light-caramel color, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onion mixture and cook for about 3 minutes, without stirring.
Bring the stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Whisk in about 6 cups of the stock into the roux mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, add the andouille sausage and continue simmering for about 20 minutes, add more stock if the mixture is too thick. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Heat 2 tablespoon of the oil in a large saute pan, over high heat until almost smoking. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and sear the scallops, on one side, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove and set aside on a plate.
Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining olive oil. Heat over medium-high until almost smoking. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and cook until just pink, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and set aside with the scallops.
Add the scallops, shrimp, oysters and crab to the sauce and continue cooking until oysters are plump and cooked.

Heat 2-inches of canola oil in a high sided saute pan over medium heat until it begins to shimmer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
Place the cornmeal in a shallow baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
Season the okra with salt and pepper and toss in the cornmeal. Fry the okra, in batches, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to the baking sheet and season with salt.
Divide the seafood among 4 shallow bowls, ladle in some of the sauce and sausage and add the honey and garnish with the fried okra and chopped parsley and cilantro.

In a large saucepan over high heat, heat the oil until amost smoking and saute the shrimp shells and tails, onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes, stirring. Add the water, wine, tomato and bay leaf. Reduce to medium, partly cover, and simmer 40 minutes.
Strain though cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

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