Table Talk, “Housekeepers Inquiries”
Mrs. Helen Louise Johnson
February 1893, Volume VIII: No. 2
Inquiry No. 2203.
“Have you a good recipe for
crab gumbo, such as they give you in Baltimore?”
The recipe given came just as worded from a Southern
Mix one tablespoonful of butter with one tablespoonful of
lard, and as soon as hot add the following finely chopped: One onion, one
garlic, one small slice of ham, one-half pound of raw beef or veal, one sprig of
parsley, one bay leaf (bruised), one small red pepper—-
(She probably means a cayenne or fish pepper!)
sprinkle in one-half of a cup of flour. Allow these ingredients to brown. Prepare as for stew six crabs.
Add these with one cup of okra and one quart of water, and simmer two hours; add
one cup of rice, one quart of water.. Simmer until rich and thick, adding more
water, if necessary, and serve with slices of lemon peel.