Sunday, November 11, 2012

Seafood Stew

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
1/2 onion
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).

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