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Gumbo

1 lb. Crab Meat or Shrimp
1 pint Oysters with liquid
1 baking hen, cut up
1/2 lb. link sausage
2 chopped onions
2 stalks chopped celery
3 pods chopped garlic
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oil
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp. file
Salt and pepper to taste
8 quart pot


Make a roux with oil and flour in an iron skillet. Cook over low until dark brown. Use butter to simmer vegetables and sausage until onions are clear. Add 1 gallon water, bring to boil. Add roux, chicken, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cook over medium heat until chicken is tender. Add seafood; simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; add file and cover 10 minutes. Serve over rice.


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