Stew is almost as old as time and is known around the world as a comfort food. A warm and cozy bowl of stew on a chilly day fills one’s heart with warmth and comforting memories. When that stew is made of seafood it’s an extra special treat! Below is a special recipe that incases the top of the stew with warm and golden mozzarella cheese for an extra layer of cozy comfort.
1 Large Carrot (Sliced)
2 Celery Stalks (Sliced)
½ Large Onion (Diced)
½ Cup Fennel (Diced)
2 Garlic Cloves (Mashed)
¼ Cup Fresh Parsley (Chopped)
½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 Medium Tomatoes (Diced)
4 Cups Chicken Stock
14oz/396g Cod Fish Fillets (Cubed)
½ lb/226g Mussels
½ lb/226g Sub Clams
½ lb/226g scallops
½ lb/226g Large Prawns or Large Shrimp
1lb/453g Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Lemon (Wedged)
Baguette (Optinal but lightly recommended toasted with garlic butter)
Step 1 – Heat Olive Oil in a stock pot and add in onions and garlic and fry for 5 minutes or until transparent, and soft.
Step 2 – Add in chicken stock, tomato paste, the diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, and the seasonings and stir together. Bring to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 3 – Once simmered add in all of the seafood and simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 5 – While the stew is simmering turn in the ovens broiler to high, if you do t have a broiler turn the oven on 450°F/232°C.
Step 6 – Once the stew is done simmering remove it from the heat and carefully add it into oven safe ramekins or a large oven safe dish. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top and place in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is slightly golden brown on top. Serve warm.
Tip – If you don’t have a broiler or an oven or would just like to try this, you can fry the cheese in a nonstick pan until crispy and golden brown. You can then use it to garnish the top of the dish as an extra special crunchy treat!