VERACRUZ STYLE FISH STEW WITH PIE CRUST CROUTONS

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

6 large cloves garlic, chopped

1 green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

1 small zucchini, julienned into strips ½” wide by 3” long

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1, 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)

2 cups seafood or chicken stock

2 tablespoons capers

⅓ cup green Spanish olives with pimento

8 ounces baby potatoes, cut into 1” pieces (if on the larger side)

¾ pound salmon filet, skinned and cut into 3-4″ chunks

¾ pound cod filet, skinned and cut into 3-4″ chunks

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

1 Wick’s Pies 9” dough disk

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

2 limes, cut into quarters

Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven (5-6 quart) or soup pot over medium high heat.  Cook the onions and garlic for 2 minutes until soft and fragrant.  Add all of the peppers and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes until they begin to soften.

Add the zucchini, 1 teaspoon of the salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning to the pan and cook for 3-4 more minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the tomatoes, stock, capers, olives, and potatoes to the pan.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low.  Cover the pot and let cook for 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a steak knife.

Add the salmon to the pot and bring the heat back to medium high. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Add the cod to the pan and cook until it begins to flake, stirring gently.  Add half of the parsley to the pan and turn the heat to low to keep warm while you prepare the croutons.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place your Wick’s dough disk on a lightly floured countertop.  Using a cookie cutter or using a knife (freehand), cut the dough into fish shapes (or whatever shape you desire).  Try to cut them as close together as possible.  Roll any scraps back out and cut more shapes.

Place them on the parchment and brush the beaten egg over the tops of each crouton to coat.  Sprinkle the sea salt over the tops.  Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.

Serve the stew topped with several of the croutons (if you can resist eating them all straight off the tray).  Garnish with more parsley and serve with a lime wedge for squeezing.  DEVOUR!

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