Fulton Fish Market cioppino with sourdough croutons

  • For the fish cioppino
  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 1.2L fish stock
  • 450g tinned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 680g bass fillets, cut into 5-cm squares
  • 16 large prawns, shelled and deveined
  • 32 littleneck clams
  • 24 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 30g coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Few dashes hot sauce
  • For the sourdough croutons
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 heaping tbsp anchovy paste
  • 8 (1-cm) thick slices sourdough bread
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1) Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook until fragrant. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. Add the fish stock, drained tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and cook until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes

2) Whilst broth is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat in separate large saute pan. Season the bass on both sides with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.

3) To the same pan, add another 2 tablespoons of oil, season the prawns and saute until lightly golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove to the plate with the bass.

4) Add the clams, mussels, bass and prawns to the reduced broth and cook until the clams and mussels open, discarding any that do not open, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and tarragon and season with honey, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add hot sauce, to taste.

6) For the sourdough croutons, preheat griddle pan to medium-high heat. Stir together butter and anchovy paste in a small bowl. Set aside.

7) Brush bread with oil on one side and season with salt and pepper. Griddle, oil side down on preheated pan until lightly golden brown, turn over and repeat until lightly golden brown on both sides.

8) Remove bread to a platter and spread some of the butter-anchovy mixture on the seasoned side. Cut each slice in half, crosswise. Place half a slice of the bread in each bowl, ladle some of the mixture on top and cover with the remaining half slice of bread.

Garnish with parsley leaves, if desired.

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