Thursday, October 01, 2009

Welcome! Bienvenidos! Chào mung! Isten hozta! (and a Cioppino Recipe)

I'm so excited that the Foodie Blog Roll made Blog Appetit one of the random blogs on it's daily list. Since there are something like 5,400 blogs that belong, it is a nice surprise. (Don't know what foodie blog roll is? Check out the widget in my right hand column or click here.)

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Here's the latest adaption of my recipe for cioppino -- the real San Francisco treat. This recipe was supposedly developed by immigrant Italian fishermen early in the 20th century using what they had caught that day. It remains a popular offering at Fisherman's Wharf restaurants and food stalls.

Not-Just-for-Tourists Cioppino

Serves 6-8

2 Tbsp. olive oil
Small onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 stalks of celery, trimmed and chopped
2 large carrots, sliced into 1/8" thick rounds
1/2 small fennel, bulb only, chopped
3 quarts fish stock homemade from white fish bones OR homemade light vegetable stock OR water (or more as needed)
2 cups white wine
1-28-to-32 ounce can of whole, peeled tomatoes with juices
2 Tbs. tomato paste
12 small yellow finn or creamer potatoes, scrubbed and cut into halves or quarters depending on size
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. oregano, dried
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 pounds clams in their shells, cleaned
1 and 1/2 pounds halibut OR cod filet, cut into 1 and 1/2" chunks
2 pounds Dungeness crab, cooked, cleaned, cracked and rinsed
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbs. fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp. fennel fronds, finely chopped

Heat oil in a large soup pot, add onions, saute until beginning to wilt. Add garlic, saute until slightly golden, add celery, carrots and fennel. Saute until beginning to soften. Stir well. Roughly chop tomatoes and add into the pot with their juices and the tomato paste. Stir well to combine and then add wine, stock and potatoes. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally. When potatoes are almost soft, taste and add salt, black pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes. About 10 minutes before serving, add clams to pot, adding more fish broth if needed. Cover. Three minutes later add the halibut chunks. Cover. Two minutes later add the crab and shrimp, mixing well. Add some fish broth if the mixture needs thinning. Cover. Raise the heat if needed to keep at a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the clams open and the shrimp and fish cook. Taste to correct seasoning if needed. Serve immediately in bowls with chopped basil and fennel fronds to garnish.

About the photos: A collage of my photos of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf (the second most popular tourist destination in the state of California) and a bowl of my cioppino.

San Francisco Cioppino on Foodista


FJKramer said...

Welcome is written in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Hungarian.

Gauree said...

It looks really tempting...

Simply Life said...

Oh wow, that looks so good!

Mimi said...

I am glad that you were one of the random blogs toady. I enjoyed my visit, food looks awesome.

Thistlemoon said...

That cioppino looks so good! I haven't had it in a very long time!

Congrats on being one of the random blogs! YAY!

FJKramer said...

Glad you all liked the recipe and photo. Thanks for checking out Blog Appetit. I hope you'll come back.

JennDZ thanks so much for organzing the Foodie Blog Roll. I try to always check out the blogs you feature and have found quite a few I really enjoy.

gingerrose said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I've been lurking around this blog for a while, but since you had this post (and I couldn't remember if I've commented before) I thought I'd introduce myself and give you an opportunity to visit my blog and get to know me if you want. :-)

My food blog, From Bach to Stock, can be found at