Yum! This is excellent...we cut the recipe in half and it was perfect for two. I omitted the potatoes at the suggestion of a previous reviewer and because I am not familiar with them in bouillabaise. I didn't miss them. Also, we subbed grouper for the red snapper b/c it was available. Will make this one again.
Classic Bouillabaisse with Rouille-Topped Croutons
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
We use red snapper in this dish, but cod, haddock, halibut, or other fresh white fillets will work. Rouille (roo-EE) is traditionally spicy; add 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, if you like.
Yield: 6 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 341
- Calories from fat: 17%
- Fat: 6.5g
- Saturated fat: 0.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
- Protein: 37.8g
- Carbohydrate: 32.6g
- Fiber: 3.7g
- Cholesterol: 142mg
- Iron: 10.4mg
- Sodium: 882mg
- Calcium: 121mg
- 2/3 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
- 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 4 ounces sourdough bread baguette, cut diagonally into 6 slices
- 1 garlic clove, halved
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup chopped plum tomato (about 2)
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, lightly crushed
- 3 1/2 cups (3/4-inch) cubed red potato (about 1 pound)
- 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 8 ounces)
- 3 cups clam juice
- 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 24 littleneck clams
- 24 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
- 12 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 (1-pound) red snapper fillet, cut into 12 (2-inch) pieces
- 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
- 2. To prepare rouille, combine roasted red bell peppers and mayonnaise in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Set aside.
- 3. To prepare the croutons, arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake slices at 400° for 8 minutes or until toasted. Rub one side of each crouton with cut side of garlic clove halves; discard garlic clove halves. Set croutons aside.
- 4. To prepare bouillabaisse, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender. Add tomato; cook 3 minutes. Add saffron; cook 30 seconds. Add potato, fennel, clam juice, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until potato is almost done. Increase heat to medium. Add clams; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add mussels; cover and simmer 3 minutes. Add shrimp and fish; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until shells open, shrimp is done, and fish flakes easily with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Discard any unopened shells.
- 5. Ladle 2 cups seafood mixture into each of 6 shallow bowls. Spread each crouton with about 1 tablespoon rouille. Place 1 crouton on top of each bowl; sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon parsley.
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