Wednesday, December 24, 2008

History Of Cioppino

Italian fishermen developed this Cioppino recipe in the mid 1800's. There are two versions of where the name "Cioppino" came from. Most believe it's based on an Italian soup called "ciuppin."

A more colorful version is that the fisherman used to gather after the day's work was done and all throw different pieces of fish and seafood into a communal pot for supper. They would call out to each other in broken English "chip in," "hey you, chip in," and this was the actual root for the word Cioppino.

1/4 cup Roseli® olive oil (#990416)
1/4 cup butter
1 rib celery, chopped
1 onion, diced
3 1/2 cup Roseli® crushed tomatoes (#4330494)
2 cups Harbor Banks® clam juice (#6333652)
2 cups white wine
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 lbs Dungeness crab clusters, cracked and cleaned
2 lbs. Harbor Banks® halibut fillet, cut into 1”slices
24 Harbor Banks® large prawns, peeled and
de-veined (#7327018)
12 mussels (#6302103)
12 clams (#2325843)
1/2 bunch Italian parsley, chopped

In a large pot, on medium-low heat, melt the butter with the olive oil and sauté the celery and onions until soft, about 10 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the seafood and fresh parsley. Simmer on low, uncovered, for one hour. Add a splash of water if the sauce gets to thick. Taste for salt and adjust if needed.

Add the crab, shrimp, and halibut, and simmer covered another five minutes. Add the mussels,cover the pot and simmer for 3 minutes more, or until the mussels open. Turn off the heat, and stir in the Italian parsley.
Ladle the Ciopinno into large bowls and serve with lots of sourdough bread and red wine.

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