Seafood Brodetto Medley

 

An easy favorite Mediterranean-inspired seafood feast in a bowl

 

 

Narrative:

I confess ... I had the savory experience of feasting on a seafood brodetto at a local Olive Garden restaurant and my taste buds shouted "you must figure out how to make this".  So guided by my sensory memories I searched the Internet for similar recipes, then let my own taste buds guide me to a seafood brodetto that is labeled "excellent" by numerous guests that have joined me at the dinner table with this surprise.

Prep time about 15 minutes.  Cook time about 30 minutes.

Ingredients:  (serves 6)

    3 tbsp olive oil

    1 medium sized yellow onion, diced

    2 cloves garlic, thin sliced

    1 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes, tomatoes sliced

    1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (no more)

    1/2 cup white wine

    1/4 tsp crushed red peppers, no more!

    1 lb flounder or haddock or cod fish or other firm mild white fish

    1 lb bay scallops or large shrimp peeled and de-deviened (or 1/2 lb of each)

    1 six ounce can chopped clams, drained

     2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped, or 1 tbsp dried basil

    1/4 tsp ground black pepper

    1 cup baby spinach (more is OK if you like)

    large lemon wedges, one per serving

   

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Mince the garlic cloves and stir in. Cook briefly, then add tomatos, wine, red and black pepper, basil and bring to a boil.

2. Add the fish and scallops and/or shrimp and clams then lower the heat to maintain a simmer.

Simmer, covered, until the fish is tender, about 20 minutes.

3. While the fish cooks, lightly toast slices of bread. Place a slice in each shallow soup bowl.

4. Uncover the pot and add the spinach. Allow it to cook another 2 or 3 minutes, then ladle the brodetto over the bread in each bowl.

Serve with a large fresh lemon wedge which is to be squeezed into the hot brodetto, to individual tastes, in the bowls.

 

See it made on this video:

 

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Mediterranean-Inspired Seafood Brodetto

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