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Seafood Gumbo

Preparation time: 10 min, Cooking time: 25 min, Cals per serving: 570

ingredients

serves: 4
125 g (4 oz) butter
50 g (2 oz) plain flour
1 - 2 tbsp Cajun spice
1 onion ,chopped
1 green pepper , cored, deseeded and chopped
5 spring onions , sliced
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 garlic clove , crushed
1 beef tomato , chopped
125 g (4 oz) garlic sausage , finely sliced
75 g (3 oz) American easy-cook rice
1.1 litre (2 pt) vegetable stock
450 g (1 lb)okra , sliced
1 bay leaf
1 fresh thyme sprig
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 lemon , juice of
4 whole cloves
550 g (1 lb 4 oz)frozen mixed seafood, such as mussels, squid, and prawns defrosted and drained

method

1. Heat the butter in a 2.6 litre (4 1/2 pint) heavy-based pan. Add the flour and Cajun spice and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown. Add the onion, green pepper, spring onions, parsley and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomato, garlic sausage and rice and stir well to coat. Add the stock, okra, bay leaf, thyme, salt, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and cloves and season with black pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until the rice is tender.

3. Add the seafood and cook for 2 minutes to heat through. Serve in deep bowls.

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