My Dad's Shrimp, Crab & Oyster Gumbo 1 med. onion, diced 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup of flour 6 cups of chicken broth 1 can (around 1lb) of HUNTS tomatoes, crushed (if you don't use Hunts, it may not taste as good) salt & pepper 3 tsps minced parsley 1/4 tsp thyme 1 clove garlic 2 bay leaves 1 1/2 lb shrimp (peeled and devained) 1 lb crab meat (use the good stuff folks and DO NOT SUBSTITUTE SURIMI) 12 oz oysters (if you can't stand oyters, omit, or at least use some of the oyster liquor for flavor) 1 1/4 tsp gumbo file powder In a deep saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion until it is limp, but not browned. Stir in the flour, then slowly add the chicken broth, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Then add the tomatoes, parsley, thyme, garlic, bay leaves and salt & pepper to taste. Cover the pan and simmer for one hour. Meanwhile, pick over the crabmeat to make sure all shell and cartilage are removed. Ten minutes before serving, add the file powder, shrimp, crab and oysters, stir well & bring back to a simmer and simmer for ten minutes. Serve immediately over hot, buttered white rice.