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
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 32 oz. 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 lb. (500 g.) large shrimp, shelled, deveined, tails left intact
1/2 lb. (250 g.) cleaned calamari with tentacles, body cut in 1/4" thick rings
1 (1 lb./500g.) Dungeness crab, 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 parsely.
Serve in warm bowls with sourdough bread.