Sausage Crab and Dried Shrimp Gumbo

1 pound smoked sausage, cut into slices
24 cleaned crabs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Large onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 quarts water
1 tsp salt
1 tbs Louisiana hot sauce
1 cup green onions
1 pound dried shrimp

Add flour to oil in heavy pot. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly so it won't burn, until roux is a brown color (10~15 minutes).

Add onions, garlic, and green pepper to roux. Cook until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Gradually add water. Add salt and hot sauce. Add sausage and shrimp. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer around 2 hours. Then add crabs and cook 20 more minutes.

Skim off fad from top of gumbo. Add green onion tops. Cook an additional 10 minutes. Serve over hot rice with hot garlic French bread on the side.

Yields 12 cups.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana