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  Categories: Stews, Cajun, Ham, Fish, Main dish
       Yield: 12 servings
            Shells from 2 lb raw shrimp
       6 c  Water
       6    Peppercorns
     1/2 c  Chopped onion
       1    Rib celery, chopped
       1    Bay leaf
       1 lb Creole-Cajun sausage, in 1
            -Pieces (Andouille, Boudin
            -blanc, Boudin rouge OR a
            -polish sausage (Kielbasa)
       1 lb Smoked ham, in 1/2 cubes
            -Tasso ham preferred
       1 c  Finely chopped green peppers
       1 c  Finely chopped celery
       2 c  Finely chopped onion
       1 cl Garlic, minced
     1/2 c  Tomato puree
       1 cn (16 oz) tomatoes OR
       1 c  Ripe tomtoes, peeled, seeded
       1    Recipe shrimp broth OR
       7 c  Fish stock
     1/2 ts Dried thyme
       1    Bay leaf
       1 ts Dried oregano, crushed
       1 ts Red pepper or to taste
     1/2 ts Dried basil
       1 ts Freshly ground black pepper
   1 1/2 c  Raw rice (Texmati, if it’s
       2 c  Shucked oysters
       1 lb Fresh crab meat, picked over
       1 c  Finely chopped green onions
   BROTH: Peel and devein the shrimp and set the meat aside.  Put the shells
   and other ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce
   the heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Strain the broth through a chinois or
   seive.  Much of the flavor is in the shells, so press and pound with a
   heavy spoon or pestle until all the moisture has been extracted.  Discard
   shell residue and reserve broth. STEW: Drop the sausage pieces into a
   large, heated saucepan or casserole and sear over medium-high heat. Stir
   frequently.  Cook for about 10 minutes. The sausage will render
   considerable fat as it cooks.  Pour off and discard all but 1 tablespoon of
   the fat.
       Add the ham pieces and continue cooking, stirring often, for an
   additional 10 minutes.
       Add the peppers, celery, onions, and garlic.  Scrape the bottom with a
   wooden spoon or spatula as the mixture cooks to loosen and incorporate the
   brown particles stuck to the bottom of the pan.
       Cook about 15 minutes.
       Add tomato puree and tomatoes.  Stir to blend and cook together for
   about 3 minutes.
       Pour in the reserved broth and bring to a boil.  Add thyme, bay leaf,
   oregano, red pepper, basil and black pepper.  Cook over low heat for 1
       Add rice, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
       Add reserved shrimp, oysters, and crab and cook 5 minutes more.
       Stir in the green onions.  Taste for salt.
   To Serve: Ladle from the pot or heated tureen into leated large, shallow
   soup bowls.