This was wonderful!! Changes I made were: used canned clams, 2 cans (instead of 3) diced tomatoes, added 3 cups chicken broth and 1 cup clam juice and a bay leaf. Great dinner on a wintery night. Definitely company worthy!!
Notes: Serve with crusty sourdough bread and a crisp Sémillon or Chardonnay with good acidity. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour.
Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 309
- Calories from fat: 29%
- Protein: 35g
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated fat: 1.4g
- Carbohydrate: 21g
- Fiber: 4.3g
- Sodium: 798mg
- Cholesterol: 176mg
- 1 head fresh fennel (12 oz.)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 3 cans (15 oz. each) diced tomatoes
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
- 1 dozen clams in shell (suitable for steaming; discard any that are not closed), well scrubbed
- 2 cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lb. each), cleaned and cracked
- 1 pound shrimp (24 to 30 per lb.), peeled and deveined
- Salt and pepper
- 1. Trim off and discard tough stems and base of fennel head. Rinse fennel, core, and chop.
- 2. In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir fennel, oil, onion, garlic, and 2 tablespoons parsley until onion is limp, 8 to 10 minutes.
- 3. Add diced tomatoes (including juice), white wine, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and chile flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer on low heat until flavors are well blended, about 15 minutes.
- 4. Add clams and crab. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp, cover and simmer, until clams pop open, shrimp turn pink, and crab is hot, 6 to 9 minutes longer; remove seafood as it finishes cooking. Discard clams that do not open. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle broth and seafood into wide bowls. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.
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