Monday, October 02, 2006

Holiday Recipe Exchange - Manhattan Style Seafood Stew

Time to share all those yummy recipes! The recipe I am sharing originated with a friend of the family. I know it is not your typical holiday recipe. It is a family favorite on my side and a little pricey to make, so it has become the meal we have when the family gets together for Christmas. An added bonus to this is that it can mostly be made the day before, so we don't spend the whole day in the kitchen. We usually serve this with homemade bread, salad and very decadent desserts. Cheesecake and Amish date pudding are usually among the choices.

Manhattan Style Seafood Stew
5 bacon slices, chopped 1 1/2 large onion, chopped
5 green onions, chopped 3- 28oz cans Italian plum tomatoes, drained
3-8oz bottles clam juice 3/4 c dry white wine
3 bay leaves 1/4 tsp red pepper
1 lb. small white potatoes, peeled, quartered and sliced
24 clams well scrubbed (or use canned minced clams)
1/2 pound sea scallops, halved crosswise
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
30 fresh basil leaves
1 TB lemon peel

Cook bacon in heavy large pot for about 5 minutes. Add onions and saute about 8 minutes. Chop tomatoes and add along with clam juice, wine, bay leaves and red pepper. Simmer 20 minutes.

Add potatoes to stew and simmer about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (This can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Return to simmer before continuing.)

Add clams. Cover & simmer until clams begin to open- about 5 minutes. Add scallops and shrimp. Cover and simmer until clams open and scallops and shrimp are cooked. (about 3 minutes) Discard any clams that do not open. Mix in 1/2 basil. Transfer to large serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining basil and lemon peel.

Category: Soup or Main Dish

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  1. Hey your link from Overwhelmed doesn't work. I love this recipe. When are making it? BTW...Jude told me he wants to have his "birthday" at your house.

  2. You can't get much better than this on a cold December afternoon.

  3. I think the link is working now. It has been a rough day. To much to do too many interuptions! (kids!)

    Well, lets pick a date for that party!

  4. This sounds terrific! Yum!

  5. My Hubby and my Dad will LOVE this as will I. I love seafood and this is a sure winner and will be a REALLY nice treat after making Oyster Stew all the time. Thanks bunches!

  6. Oh, I love stew and soup recipes. And I love seafood too, so I'll be trying this one! It sounds delicious!

    Thanks so much for participating in my Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange. I sure do appreciate it!

  7. Umm, love Manhatten Seafood stew. Thanks, can't wait to give it a try!

  8. Oh I LOVE seafood....this is a must for me :)

  9. I love these types of seafood dishes. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Seafood is my favorite food... I have to try this immediately! Thanks for sharing =)

  11. Boy, now I am craving seafood. That looks really good.

  12. Staphanie:

    Great recipe--Yum!

    Did you know that the picture you tried to post does not show up? Just a red "X". (I hate those, don't you?)

    Still enjoying your blog--and your family member's blogs also!


  13. How delicious and warming this sounds! Thanks for sharing.

  14. In a word - YUM! I would think you could substitute any firm fleshed fish, which would make it more economical. Thanks for posting such a good recipe!