Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Seafood Cioppino

For the sake of giving it a name, let's call this a Seafood Cioppino. It could pass as a stew, but cioppino sounds much better! It's really a mish-mosh of a bunch of recipes I found online and using whatever it was I had in the house.

This summer I have made a pact with my boyfriend that I would only buy and use the fresh produce I get from our weekly CSA in all of our meals. This has given me the opportunity to be a little more experimental in my cooking and achieve my goal of eating organic and local. Now if I could only convince him to let me participate in the various pig/chicken/beef shares...

Anyway! This recipe came to fruition based on the fresh produce I received that week as well as the littleneck clams and fish I picked up from the Amish market. What I like the best about this is that it is pretty much foolproof. As long as you have the basic ingredients, you can change it around however you see fit.

This really is such a great recipe because it is super elegant, crowd pleasing and amazingly easy. While seafood is still fresh (especially here in the Northeast), I highly suggest making this before summer's end!

Seafood Cioppino

24 littleneck clams (in the shell)
2 fillets of cod (or any white fish)
2 ears of corn, cut in thirds
4 potatoes, skinned and cut into quarters
2 fresh (or canned) tomatoes, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
1 can of tomato paste
1/2 cup seafood stock
1/4 cup of clam juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves of garlic (minced or smashed)
2 bay leaves
 Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place all ingredients (minus the cod) in the slow cooker on low for 6 - 8 hours.
  2. A half hour before serving, add your whitefish, stir the ingredients around, and set the slow cooker to high.
  3. Serve in a big bowl with a side of sourdough bread or a flaky baguette.
*Two notes for this recipe:
  • If a clam doesn't open, do not eat it. This usually means that the clam is bad.
  • You can add water to the stew if it is too thick for your taste.

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