Cioppino

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Cioppino – [chuh-pee-noh]
noun; derived from the Italian word ciuppin

1. An Italian-American stew of fish, shellfish, tomatoes, wine and seasonings; originated in San Francisco.
2. A go-to delicious and hearty fish stew; crowd-friendly, easy in preparation and guaranteed to please friends and family.

Spicy Cioppino with Shellfish
Serves 6

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut in 1/4″ dice
1 fennel bulb, fronds removed, cut in 1/4″ dice
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 turkish bay leaf
1 1/2 cups full-bodied red wine, such as Syrah or Zinfandel/Primitivo
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes with juices
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons tomato paste

18 littleneck clams
6 large or 12 medium sea scallops
1 pound large shrimp, shelled, deveined, tails left intact
1/2 pound cleaned calamari with tentacles, body cut in 1/4″ thick rings
1 to 2 Dungeness crabs, cracked and broken in pieces or king crab leg, broken in 6 pieces

1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
Additional parsley sprigs for garnish

In a heavy stock pot, cook garlic, onion and red pepper flakes in olive oil over medium heat until onions soften and garlic is fragrant without browning, about 3 minutes.  Add red bell pepper, fennel, dried oregano and bay leaf.  Cook stirring, 1 minute. Add wine; bring to boil and reduce to a simmer, cooking 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes, chicken stock and tomato paste.  Simmer, covered, 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  (Stock can be prepared up to 6 hours in advance to this point.  Cool, cover and refrigerate.  Return to a simmer before continuing.)

Add clams and crab to simmering stew.  Cook until clams open, about 5 minutes.  Remove and discard any unopened clams.  Add scallops, shrimp and calamari.  Simmer, covered, until scallops and shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Discard bay leaf and stir in chopped parsley. Serve in warm bowls with sourdough bread.

5 responses to “Cioppino

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  2. mmmh! this looks so tempting! i have never made fish soup myself, this is just the ticket for me to try it!

  3. Oh to be able to get crab like you do in SF…delicious!

    • You’re ahead of me, Steve. Just about to post a new cioppino recipe later today! And I think lobster will be a brilliant stand-in for the crab if you are feeling like a splurge.

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  4. A wonderful dish! Very tempting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa