Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

2 lg. tbsp. oil
3 lge tbsp. flour
2 lg. onions, chopped
2 cup okra, chopped
2 tbsp. oil
1 can tomatoes
3 pods garlic, minced
2 qt. water
Salt, Black and red pepper
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup green onion tops, finely chopped
2 lb. shrimp
1/2 pint oysters
1 can crabmeat
Several whole crabs, cleaned and their claws

Make roux of oil and flour, stirring constantly until dark brown. Add shrimp to roux and cook for a few minutes longer, then add water and salt and pepper. Combine shrimp-roux mixture with okra and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add oysters, crabmeat and whole crabs and simmer until crabs are cooked. Add parsley and green onions and simmer another 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over rice and let each person add fresh file to their taste.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana