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This very first Savoury Sunday, I offer up one of my very favourite recipes: Cioppino.
Perhaps not a traditional family meal, Cioppino makes an easy, light meal ideal for a quiet night in with your sweetheart.
I recommend serving this Cioppino with fresh bakery bread,butter and a bottle of Luccarelli Primitivo to enjoy as well.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes ( I use my own home preserved tomatoes)
1 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (don’t skip this, parsley is a key ingredient)
1/4 teaspoon dried basil ( I prefer t use fresh – just a few finely chopped leaves)
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
10 oz boneless whitefish cut into 1.5″ chunks
12 littleneck clams, scrubbed
12 medium mussels, scrubbed and debearded
8-12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
*Add crab if it’s available* Yum!!!
1. In a large nonstick saucepan, heat the oil, and saute the onion, pepper and garlic until softened.
2. Add tomatoes, wine and tomato paste, spices, herbs, bay leaf and 1/2 cup water.
3. Combine all ingredients well, and bring to a boil.
4. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Add the fish and simmer uncovered for ~5 mins.
6. Add the clams & mussels and simmer ~3 mins.
7. Add the shrimp and simmer uncovered for ~5 mins until the clams and mussels are open and the shrimp are pink.
*** Discard any unopened clams and mussels as well as the bay leaf***
***When preparing this meal, beware of the timing. It’s not something you can leave on the stove top and keep warm until your dinner guest arrives. Prepare your ingredients, and enjoy a relaxed conversation over a glass of wine while you’re cooking.***