Seafood Stew With Fennel And Sun-dried Tomatoes

Delicious seafood stew (Photo by the Dreaming Tree Wines)
Delicious seafood stew (Photo by the Dreaming Tree Wines)

Seafood Stew With Fennel And Sun-dried Tomatoes

Serves 6-8
1 small yellow or white onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 head fennel, thinly sliced
Large pinch crushed red pepper, to taste, add more if you like spice
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs thyme
2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 cup white wine
1 cup clam juice or seafood stock
½ tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
20 little neck or cherrystone clams, soaked in cool water and scrubbed
2 lbs mussels, soaked in cool water and debearded
1 lb 16/20 shrimp,
preferably wild American, peeled and deveined
1 lb bay or sea scallops
1 bunch basil, leaves chopped
1 bunch parsley, leaves chopped
½ cup 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 to 2 minutes.

Add bay leaf, thyme, tomatoes, white wine, clam juice, remaining salt, and pepper. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce by a third.
Add clams, stir and cover for 1 minute, or longer for larger clams.
Add mussels, stir, cover and cook for 1 minute more.
Add shrimp, stir, cover and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add scallops, stir, cover and cook for about 2 minutes, or 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 sun-dried tomato puree into broth, and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread, lightly toasted.

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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