This stew was unbelieveable. Actually very easy to prepare. Whatever you do, don't overdue the amount of shrimp & scallops. 3/4 of a cup is more than enough. I served it with a side of sliced tomatoes with basil & mozzarella cheese coated with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.
Shellfish Stew with Chorizo and Rouille
- 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3/4 pound cured chorizo or other spicy hard sausage such as pepperoni, casings removed and sausage cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 10 cloves garlic, 4 minced, 6 smashed
- 3 cups bottled clam juice
- 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (one 15-ounce can)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 baguette
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup drained bottled roasted red peppers
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 3/4 pound large shrimp, shelled
- 3/4 pound sea scallops, cut in half if very large
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat.
- 2. Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and the minced garlic, bring to a simmer, and cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 3 minutes. Add the cooked chorizo, the clam juice, tomatoes, thyme, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Cover, bring to a simmer, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- 3. Meanwhile, cut a 3-inch piece from the baguette and remove the crust. Hold this bread under running water to soften; squeeze to remove the water. Put this bread in a food processor. Add the mayonnaise, red peppers, cayenne, and the remaining garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt and puree.
- 4. Light the broiler. Cut the remaining baguette into 1/4-inch slices and broil the bread on both sides until golden, about 3 minutes.
- 5. Add the shellfish to the stew; bring to a simmer, by which time they should be just done. Stir in 1/2 cup of the rouille and the black pepper. Serve with the remaining rouille and the croûtes.
- Wine Recommendation: The rich, earthy rosés of Provence go particularly well with shellfish stews. Look for a wine from the commune of Bandol, especially from the great Domaines Ott.
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