Photo Credit: The Dreaming Tree
Tired of serving the same old boring dishes for dinner? Spice things up with this recipe for a delicious seafood stew, courtesy of Dave Matthews Head Chef, Fiona Bohane!
Chef Fiona’s Seafood Stew with Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Servings: 6-8 people
Pair With: The Dreaming Tree North Coast Crush
20 ea. Little neck or cherrystone clams, soaked in cool water and scrubbed
2 lbs. mussels, soaked in cool water and debearded
1 lb. shrimp, wild American preferred, 16/20's, peeled and deveined
1 lb. scallops, bay or sea
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow or white onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 head fennel, thinly sliced
Large pinch of crushed red pepper, (more if you like spice)
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs thyme
2 large tomatoes, rough chopped
1 cup white wine
1 cup clam juice/seafood stock
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 bu basil, leaves chopped
1 bu parsley, leaves chopped
1/2 c sun-dried tomato puree
In a large pot (with a tightly fitted lid) over medium heat sauté onions, garlic and a large pinch of salt in olive oil, about 3 minutes, until softened and fragrant.
Add fennel and crushed red pepper, sauté for 1-2 minutes.
Add bay leaf, thyme, tomatoes, white wine, clam juice and salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce by 1/3.
Add clams, stir and cover for 1 minute (longer for larger clams).
Add mussels, stir, cover and cook for 1 minute.
Add shrimp, stir, cover and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Add scallops, stir, cover and cook for about 2 minutes, (maybe longer) until shrimp and scallops are opaque and most of the mussels and clams are opened (Discard those that do not open). Turn off heat.
Add basil and parsley. Stir the sun-dried tomato puree into the broth, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with crusty bread, lightly toasted.