Jo’s Fish Stew

We’ve been watching Rick Stein lately. Always love his programs and his simple, tasty recipes. It reminded me we haven’t had Fish Stew for a while. These flavours just bring back memories of finding a little trattoria by the sea somewhere on the coast of Italy and eating fabulous seafood with delicious soup to dip the crusty bread – Yum!

As we can’t get over there at present, the next best thing is making it at home.

Fish Stew

Ingredients
1 chopped onion
3 crushed cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium diced potato
2 chopped tomatoes
2 handfuls baby spinach
handful chopped parsley
1 cup white wine
1 cup prawn stock (homemade see below)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
10 raw prawns in shells
10 scallops
200g white fish (orange roughy or similar)

Method
Saute onion & garlic in olive oil till onion is soft
Add potato, tomatoes, spinach, parsley
Saute for a little, then add white wine, prawn stock, & red wine vinegar
Cook till the potato is almost soft. Salt & pepper to taste.
Add fish, raw prawns, scallops
Cook till fish is just cooked. Ladle into big soup bowls
Serve with gremolata (see below) on top, with sourdough which you have oiled & charred on the grill for dipping.

Stock
Head and peelings from the whole raw prawns that you will use in the stew

2 cups water
1 small chopped carrot
1 small chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 crushed cloves garlic
juice of half lemon

Put all into a saucepan. Bring to the boil & cook very gently for half an hour. When it’s cool sieve, pressing out the prawn juices. Set strained stock aside for use later in the fish stew.

Gremolata
handful of parsley
zest of one lemon
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 tblspns olive oil 
Salt

Mix all ingredients together. Serve a tablespoon on top of each bowl of fish stew


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