San Francisco-Style Cioppino

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 4
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1/2 cup olive oil -- divided
1 small onion -- chopped
1 medium carrot -- finely chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper -- chopped
1 small leek -- white part only chopped
1 rib celery -- chopped
1 tablespoon fresh fennel -- chopped
28 ounces crushed tomatoes with puree
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh basil -- minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano -- minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme -- minced
4 pieces bay leaves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic -- finely chopped
1 pound white fish -- cut into 1/2 inch strips
8 large shrimp -- shelled and deveined
8 large scallops
3/4 cup sauvignon blanc wine
8 small clams in shell -- scrubbed
4 ounces cooked shrimp meat
6 ounces cooked crab meat
2 tablespoons Italian parsley -- chopped

Preparation / Directions:

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in Dutch oven or large heavy pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté 1 minute without browning. Add carrot, green pepper, leek, celery and fennel and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaves and cayenne pepper. Partially cover and simmer over low heat 2 hours, stirring occasionally. (Sauce can be covered and kept warm over low heat for several hours longer. Stir occasionally.) Remove bay leaves. Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic and cook 5 seconds. Immediately add fish, shrimp and scallops. Sauté until just cook through, 2-4 minutes. Add seafood to sauce and stir gently. Pour wine into skillet and cook 30 seconds over medium heat, stirring up any loose bits. Add clams to skillet. Cover and cook until clams open, 2-6 minutes. Transfer clams as they open to sauce. Discard any that do not open. Gently stir shrimp and crab meat into sauce. Cover and cook cioppino until all seafood is hot, 2-3 minutes longer. Ladle cioppino into large casserole or soup tureen or directly into shallow soup plates. Garnish with chopped Italian Parsley. Source: Tadich Grill, San Francisco

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