Easy Seafood Chiopini
My mother has often commented that boating and cruising primarily involves the acquisition, preparation and preservation of food. My own experiences tend to support this philosophy. To that end, we’ve come up with a few easy to cook recipies. In keeping with Chris’s goal of having 5 or fewer ingredients, I offer the following idea. Fewer or more things can be added depending on your pantry and your available seafoods.
While I have put 5 or 6 different seafoods into this pot, you could just as easily substitute a pound or two of firm white fleshed fish such as cod, green ling, cabezon, or dock perch.
1 Qt. Spaghetti Sauce
1 Large Onion
3 Cloves Garlic
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Lb Firm white fish
Salt & pepper to taste.
Heat olive oil in a medium or large pot. Dice onion & garlic and saute’ until clear, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to med or med/low and add spaghetti sauce. Dilute sauce to a soup like consistency by adding water, wine, clam juice or chicken broth as may be available. (About 1 cup). When sauce is slowly boiling, add fish or other seafood. Bring back to boil and let cook for about 15 minutes.
Serve with crusty bread.
The Real Thing
OK, having done the basics, now we get down to the real stuff! In the pot I have cooking now, I added a couple of cans of diced tomatoes. I like the additional texture. I also raided my freezer and found some clams, mussels, scallops, crab and shrimp that were just begging to be used. They are going into the pot. I also found a few oyster mushrooms that we’d dried earlier so in they go also. Shell fish can be added in the shell or out. I pealed the shrimp but am putting the crab, clams and mussels in with shells on. It is messy but fun!
From simple to elegant and basic to gourmet, you can adapt this to suit your pantry and party. The essential component to making it quick and easy is the can or jar of pasta sauce and a bit of seafood. It is just as easy to make dinner for 1 or 2 as it is to serve a party of a dozen or more.
A nice loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of Two Mountain Winery Merlot and dinner is served!