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Fish and Seafood Stew

This heady stew is in the tradition of Italian Christmas Eve but borrows flavors from around the Mediterranean.


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    1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in stock pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper. Add half to the pot and cook until lightly browned, 1 minute per side; transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining shrimp to pot and repeat. Add remaining 2 tbsp oil to pot and add onion, fennel, garlic, oregano, basil, and saffron; cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 4-5 minutes. Pour in the vermouth, bring to a boil and cook 1 minute. Add 1 cup water and tomatoes. Return to a boil, add the clams, cover and cook until clams open, 5-6 minutes. Transfer clams to bowl with shrimp. Add mussels to the pot, cover and cook until open, 2-3 minutes; transfer to bowl with shrimp.
    2. Pour remaining 2 cups water and broth into pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes. Add codfish, remaining 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper; gently cook 2-3 minutes until cod is nearly cooked through. Stir in parsley, then return shrimp, clams, and mussels to pot. Increase heat to medium high and cook until hot, 2 minutes. Serve.

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