cioppino

I normally make cioppino and serve immediately. Has anyone experienced any problems having the soup simmer for a few hours, or cooked-cooled-simmered.

  • Posted by: bigpan
  • April 25, 2012
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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen April 25, 2012

I think you can prep everything for your stew ahead of time. Just DON"T add the seafood until you re-heat and are ready to serve. Nothing worse than overcooked seafood

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zora
zora April 25, 2012

Make your broth base (onions, garlic, tomatoes, fish stock, wine, aromatic herbs) and let that cook for a good long time. As above, have all of your fish/seafood prepped and ready to go, re-heat your base, and add fish/seafood a la minute.

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bigpan
bigpan April 25, 2012

Thanks for that. Since my seafood mix did not include fish but rather squid, octopus, clam, prawn and shrimp, I wanted the squid and octopus to "stew" for a while to tenderize.
It came out nice and tender and tasty.
I recall seeing pots of street cioppino in San Fran. that was simmering for hours - and was just fine ... but over priced.

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BoulderGalinTokyo
BoulderGalinTokyo April 26, 2012

Hey Bigpan, any reason the squid and octopus has to tenderize? I always thought the texture and shape were the most interesting things about squid (cute rings) or octopus.

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bigpan April 26, 2012

Fishermen will always tell you to cook squid and octopus for either under 3 minutes or over 3 hours.

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BoulderGalinTokyo
BoulderGalinTokyo April 27, 2012

True, the octopus in the supermarket has been cooked but the squid usually cooks enough as it heats up. So after 3 hours, is it soft?

Aslo, I heard that in Spain they boil the octopus with wine corkscrews in the soup. Anyone know the reason for that?

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