Yield: 6 servings
1 Three-pound chicken 2 tb Cooking fat
24 Oysters 2 tb Flour
3 Sprigs parsley, minced 1/2 Onion, minced
2 qt Hot water 2 tb File
2 sl Tomato Cayenne, salt, and pepper
Cut chicken in pieces. Wash. Wipe dry. Season highly with salt and
pepper. Brown in hot cooking fat. Remove chicken. Sift flour into hot
fat. Brown. Add onion. Brown slightly. Add tomato. Cook 2 minutes. Add
chicken and hot water. Add a few grains cayenne. Simmer until chicken is
tender. Add oysters and parsley. Simmer 20 minutes. Remove from fire. Add
the file. Serve with boiled or steamed rice.
File is made from tender leaves of the sassafras tree, which have been
dried, pulverized, and bottled tightly.
Virginia Cooper, New Orleans, LA.
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