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Seafood Gumbo in Phyllo Shells

Total Time: 1 HR Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 MIN Cook Time: 35 MIN

Give this shrimp-, crab- and spice-loaded seafood gumbo a flaky upgrade by serving it in a delicious phyllo shell.

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cleaned lump crabmeat (fresh or canned)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 sheets Athens® Phyllo Dough (9″x14″), thawed
  • 1/2 cup white rice, cooked


In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add celery, onion, green pepper and garlic, and cook for about
5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Stir in broth, tomatoes, shrimp, crabmeat and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until broth mixture is reduced. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce and salt and pepper.

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Lightly brush 6” tart pans with butter-oil mixture. Layer 5 phyllo sheets, brushing each with the butter-oil mixture. Cut two, 7-inch squares from phyllo stack.

Place each phyllo square in a pan. Carefully push phyllo into pan, leaving the points sticking up. Repeat process 3 times to make 8 shells.

Bake empty phyllo shells in preheated 350°F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. Remove phyllo shells from pans.

Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cooked rice evenly in each shell. Top each with about 1/2 cup of seafood mixture. Serve warm.