A satisfying seafood stew based on the sunny flavors of Provence, France.
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The #SundaySupper movement is turning 2 and this week we’re celebrating with a virtual birthday party! I only started participating in early 2013, but it’s one of my favorite blogging events – and has inspired a lot of my favorite recipes. I really love the groups focus on making sure families gather around the dinner table at least once a week.
This week, participants were asked to share a favorite #SundaySupper memory along with their recipe. I was stumped at first, but then I had two great ideas that I had a hard time choosing between! My favorite Sunday Supper memories from 2013 were the two times when I actually sat down and shared a meal with other Sunday Supper participants – once with Carla at the Big Summer Potluck and the second with Nikki and Courtney at Mixed. Both meals were memorable not only for their delicious food, but also for fun conversations and new/strengthened friendships. I ended up making my decision for today’s post based solely on the food. While the kimchi deviled eggs I shared with Carla were out of this world, I really wanted to make a complete meal. So, seafood stew it is! This recipe is based on the amazing bouillabaisse that we had at Mixed, but I dumbed it down a little to make it easier and more accessible (the version we ate there involved fennel pollen, and the only way I’ve ever been able to get ahold of that is by mail.)
This isn’t a traditional bouillabaisse at all, but it definitely gives a nod to the south of France in terms of flavor. Fennel, saffron, and orange zest make the broth nice and bright, while garlic toasts give the meal a rustic, earthy feel. I used a combination of shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels in my stew, but you can use whatever you like or whatever happens to be on sale. (Using so many types of shellfish may seem indulgent, but you only need about a quarter pound of each so it’s not really that expensive. You can also use frozen seafood to cut costs even more – the shrimp, clams, and mussels I used came packaged together in a freezer bag.)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- ½ fresh fennel bulb, chopped
- 1 white potato, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 4 cups fish stock
- 15.5 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 1 teaspoon dry thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 orange, zested
- 1 teaspoon saffron threads, lightly crushed
- sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
- 2 pounds mixed shellfish (I used a combination of shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels)
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 small baguette (about 8-inches)
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed into a paste
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Heat the oil in a 4 quart soup pot set over medium heat. Add the shallots, celery, carrots, fennel, and potato. Cook 10 minutes, or until soft. Stir in the garlic; cook 1 minute. Deglaze the pot with the wine.
- Add the fish stock, tomatoes, thyme, bay leaf, and orange zest. Bring to a simmer and let cook 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper (the amount of salt needed will vary depending on your stock.)
- Add the shellfish and parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fish is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the bay leaf and serve with garlic toasts.
- Heat the oven to 350ºF.
- Cut the baguette into 1-inch slices and arrange on a baking sheet. Spread each piece of bread with butter. Bake 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted.
- Spread each piece of bread with garlic. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, if desired. Bake 10 minutes.
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