I love seafood stews. Every time I go to a restaurant that has one on the menu, I have to order it. From the Italian cioppino to the French bouillabaisse to the Asian seafood noodle soups - I can never resist. But this habit was beginning to make a dent in my wallet and I knew I could replicate the flavors at home. This recipe is so simple and utterly delicious, you will feel like the fanciest cook around.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Mixed seafood (I used a mix I saw at the fish counter of my grocery store that included mussels, calamari, whitefish, shrimp, imitation crab meat and baby octopus.
1 can of Italian style diced tomatoes (with basil and oregano)
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
Heat oil in a large skillet or pot. Add garlic and onions and saute until translucent. Add in seafood and cook for a bout five minutes. Add in the remainder of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes until slightly reduced. Serve with crusty bread (my poor ass used hot dog buns in the photo above, but if you can afford a loaf of French bread, I recommend opting for that).