Beazell's Cook Book

Shrimp & Crab Stew by Patricia Hebert

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1 cup dark roux (homemade before starting stew; see below)
1 large onion, chopped ( 1 1/2 – 2 cups)
2 stalks of celery, chopped (1 cup)                                                                                                                     
1 large bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
5 cloves fresh garlic, chopped fine
2 stalks of green onion, chopped
1 tbsp. Thyme (dried or fresh chopped)
Parsley, fresh chopped
Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning
Garlic Powder, to taste
Onion Powder, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
1 tbsp. Kitchen Bouquet
3 – 4 Bay Leaves
4 -6 cups Seafood Stock, add more if needed (homemade; see below)
2 lbs. of peeled and deveined shrimp
2 dozen crab bodies, peeled and cleaned (optional)
1 lb. lump crab meat (lump and/or claw meat)
Crab claws, cracked, peeled and left on the claw (optional)

In a large stock pot, add 1 cup of the roux you made previously and bring to simmer over medium heat. Add the onion to the roux and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring sporadically. Then, add your chopped garlic to the mixture and simmer again for 5 more minutes……stirring sporadically. Make sure you don’t burn the roux. then, add the bell pepper and celery to the mixture and again simmer for about 5 – 8 minutes until veggies are good and wilted. Don’t forget to stir…….slowly add the seafood stock to your pot and stir. Bring the gravy back to a slow simmer and add the crab bodies or crab claw meat. Cook on slow simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring as needed. While your gravy is simmering, you can then add the spices…….thyme, bay leaves, parsley, garlic power, onion powder, black pepper, Kitchen Bouquet and Beazell’s Cajun Seasoning (when I add spices, I usually just eye it). After the mixture has simmered for the allotted time, begin adding the rest of your seafood, lump crab and shrimp and chopped green onion. Cook for another 10 minutes and then TASTE! This is when I add salt, especially if the crabs have been boiled already with crab boil. Bonne Appetite………..

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