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Southwestern Seafood Cioppino
words by Celeste Leal images by Frankie Leal

As we come upon another Holiday season with family coming and going, you may be asking yourself what to make for them. Last year we featured French Toast and I hope it was a success. This year Masterpiece Catering’s Chef Bill Hassett is daring you to try something a little different. He has created a dish that is sure to be a hit, Southwestern Seafood Cioppino. Cioppino meaning, “Fish Stew,” is a very popular dish in San Francisco and Italians may know it as “Zuppa di Pesca” or “Soup of Seafood”. Traditionally Cioppino consists of a light tomato base with a variety of fish and shellfish. This version of the recipe has a Southwestern twist, but I am sure it will please just the same. Enjoy!

1 1/2lbs. Salmon Fillet (1”cubes)
12 Mussels
12 Large Prawns
12 Clams
2-3 King Crab legs
1 Clove Garlic(crushed)
2 Pasilla Chiles(roasted, peeled and diced)
4 Tomatillos(large)
1/2 Yellow Onion(coarsly chopped)
3 Green Onions(sliced)
8 Sprigs Cilantro(chopped)
2 Limes
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 Cans Chicken Broth
1tsp Oregano
1tsp Cumin
1tsp White Pepper
Fried Tortilla strips(optional)

Saute’ yellow onion and garlic in 1Tblsp olive oil; add Pasilla chiles, tomatillos, green onion, cilantro, oregano, cumin, white pepper and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 min. Then blend in blender.

Saute’ salmon in olive oil about 3 minutes, add remaining seafood and cover with sauce. Cover pan and cook until clams open, 5-7 min. Plate and serve. Garnish with cilantro and tortilla strips if desired.

Note: You can use any combination of seafood desired. If the clams or mussels are open do not buy them; they are not fresh.

Southwestern Seafood Cioppino

About the Chef:
Chef Bill Hassett has been in the culinary industry for 24 years and has owned and operated several restaurants in that time span. Currently Bill is the owner of Masterpiece Catering, specializing in everything from small intimate dinners, Birthday’s, Wedding’s, Reunion’s, Corporate Events, Family Gathering’s, Holiday parties or any other special events that you may have. Call Chef Bill Hassett today to reserve your evening with a master of the trade. 559.393.5147

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