Yes, the tomato sauce is not red and thick. But the flavor is so much better, at least for me, than sweet, ketchupy tomato sauces. The salty, rich flavor of the sea is captured as the shellfish steams in the sauce, releasing its juices.
I began by sautéing local fresh plum tomatoes in garlic – soon enough I will be switching to canned varieties. Seafood base is a great time-saver and what I used for a quick flavor kick, but lucky you if you’ve fresh, intense stock to use as a substitute. I spent about $13.00 for all the seafood used for the recipe at Whole Foods (none were add items, but do go on sale frequently at the stores.)
Why not toss some shrimp into the mix? Mix and match the seafood as you desire. All mussels or 100% clams would be fine in this recipe and would eliminate the shellfish cooking time juggling act. A baguette is essential for sopping up the flavorful brew.
Update: 1 cup of wild rice and 1 cup of farro both cook at the same time (as long as they’re not quick cook) and work great as a base for the chicken in this recipe, too. This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. … Full recipe post »
Coming off a four-week, super-intense editing of my next book, “The Welcome Home Diner”, a contemporary novel about two women opening a diner on Detroit’s east side. I get why writers isolate themselves during the process. I was assigned a well-seasoned editor determined to squeeze the best book that she could out of me. The verdict will be in the hands of … Full recipe post »
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