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       Title: FILE GUMBO
  Categories: Cajun, Soups, Appetizers
       Yield: 12 servings
  
       1    3 to 3-1/2 lb. whole chicken
   1 1/2 lb Andouille sausage, sliced
       1 c  White onions, chopped
     1/2 c  Celery, chopped
     1/4 c  Scallions, chopped
     1/4 c  Bell pepper, chopped
       2    Cloves garlic, minced
       1    Bay leaf
     1/2 ts Ground cayenne pepper
     1/2 c  Butter, softened
       1 ga Water
            Salt and pepper to taste
            File powder
  
   In a 7 quart stock pot boil whole chicken until meat separates from bone.
   Remove meat and return bones and all organs except liver and simmer 1/2
   hour to make stock. Strain and skim fat. Return stock to pot. Heat butter
   in cast iron skillet and add flour.  Stir with wooden spoon until roux
   becomes dark brown.  Add onions, celery, scallions and bell pepper. Saute
   for five minutes, then add to stock. In skillet, lightly brown chicken and
   andouille with garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper. Drain off fat from sausage
   and add meat to stock with one bay leaf. Simmer for one hour at a very low
   boil. Immediately before serving sprinkle with file powder and serve over
   bowl of rice.
  
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