Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ciopinno-Perfect for a grey and gloomy day

     I love seafood, I could eat it every meal of everyday.  So clearly I am always looking for seafood recipes to incorporate into my recipe mainstays.  This is one of my "Grey & Gloomy Day" recipes.  It is warm and comforting and the smells of this soup is really incredible.  The first time I ever had ciopinno I was mesmerized at all of the different textures of the soup, it seemed to have everything, soft, firm, crunchy, it really was quite the experience.  You can also make substitutions to this recipe and find what works best for you.  I love to fix this on a cold night with rolls or sourdough bread it is a great way to end a grey and gloomy day. 

Love From Scratch Ciopinno

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup butter
1 rib celery, chopped
1 onion, diced
1 can crushed tomatoes (28-oz)
3 cups clam juice or fish stock
4 cloves crushed garlic
2 lemons, juiced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lb crabmeat ( I also have claws for presentation)
2 pounds firm white fish, cut into 1-in slices
24 large prawns, peeled and de-veined
12 mussels
1/2 bunch Italian parsley, chopped


In a large pot, on medium-low heat, melt the butter with the olive oil and saute the celery and onions until soft, about 10 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the seafood and fresh parsley. Simmer on low, uncovered, for one hour. Add a splash of water if the sauce gets to thick. Taste for salt and adjust if needed.

Add the seafood, and simmer covered another five minutes. Add the mussels, cover the pot and simmer for 3 minutes more, or until the mussels open. Turn off the heat, and stir in the Italian parsley.

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