Featuring a tempting variety of seafood, this is the signature dish at Sean Murphy's Beach Bistro. The recipe can easily be doubled to serve four.
Cooking Light MAY 2005
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through garlic); cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomato, fennel seeds, thyme, tarragon, and saffron; cook 1 minute. Stir in wine and liqueur; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add juices and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 minutes. Add clams and grouper; cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until clams begin to open. Add mussels, shrimp, and lobster; cook 4 minutes or until mussels open. Discard any unopened clams or mussels. Garnish with parsley.
Wine note: In the south of France, where it originated, bouillabaisse is enjoyed with a wine that's considered obligatory and the perfect match: rosé. Rosé will work throughout this entire menu, from the crab cocktail to the crepes. A still rosé would be fine, but why not heighten the pleasure (and romance) and serve a California sparkling rosé? Gloria Ferrer's nonvintage Brut Rosé is smashing at $35. -Karen MacNeil
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