Foodie Friday (seafood mastered!!)

It might be raining, sleeting and gloomy out today but I wont let it spoil the fact its FRIDAY!!! WOOHOOOO!! This Foodie Friday recipe comes from last night’s Mastering Seafood class at Sur La Table! latableWe had an amazing time! The instructor was wonderfully energetic, the recipes were easy to follow, the food tasted amazing and the aromas coming from that kitchen were nothing short of heaven!

We started with some basics about knife skills, seafood purchasing/storing and then moved right into grilling! We made grilled shrimp with a citrus marinade, Mediterranean seafood stew, Citrus steamed mussels with herbs, and seared scallops with tarragon butter. surI will admit I didn’t learn a ton of new information nor techniques, but I get the inside scoop on the best pans to achieve a good sear and picked up some pretty awesome kitchen gear!gear

I am sharing the Mediterranean Seafood Stew recipe. Frankly I think the weather is perfect for some hearty stew!stew

Mediterranian Seafood Stew

  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 small fennel bulbs (quartered, cored and sliced)
  • 1 medium red pepper (cubed)
  • 1 medium garlic clove minced
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 pinches of saffron
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups seafood stock
  • 8 oz white fish (cubed)
  • 1 lb. mussels (soaked and scrubbed)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parlsey
  • salt and pepper to taste

*Start with some EVOO, cook down the onions and fennel, add the red peppers and cook until soft. Toss in the garlic and cook for about one minute before adding tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Allow mixture to cook together for a few minutes before adding wine, saffron and stock then continue to cook for about 10 minutes until it thickens a bit. Stir in your fish, then your mussels and cover the pot. Cook until all the mussels begin to open, stir in the lemon juice and add salt/pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!

Like I said, we had a great time, and the recipes were super yummy! The only problem was were were still hungry when we left, so even though we just spent 3 hours cooking/eating, we still stopped for a glass of wine and bite to eat on the way home..vino

Here’s to good wine, great food and a wonderful weekend…CHEERS!