If you want to add additional seafood to this, like calamari, fish or shrimp, feel free. The more, the merrier, right? As for the sausage, we get it from a great meat/salami store in St. Louis that makes very traditional sausages. We had the dish last night with a French Morgon that was very Pinot Noir-ish and matched nicely. Did not overwhelm the seafood, but stood up to the punch of the tomato. —Sweetnan
Italian Sausage Links (mild or spicy, your preference)
Clove garlic, minced
Red Pepper Flakes
Red Onion, sliced thin
Fennel Bulb, sliced thin
Chicken or Seafood Stock
1 1/2 cups
Italian (San Marzano preferably) tomatoes - about half a can
Fingerling Potatoes, sliced into 1/4" rounds, boiled until just cooked through (do not over cook!)
Dozen Clams, scrubbed and rinsed
Mussels, scrubbed, de-bearded, and rinsed
In This Recipe
Brown sausage links on stove in skillet over medium to medium high with a small amount of olive oil (about 1/2 TBS) until brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Finish in oven at 350 degrees for about 12-16 minutes, or until just cooked through. Cool and slice into 1/4' rounds.
In large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium to medium low heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sweat for 1-2 minutes (do not burn garlic!) until fragrant.
Add onions and fennel with a good pinch of salt and sweat for 8-10 minutes. The heat can be on a solid medium at this point.
Add white wine and reduce until just a tablespoon or two left in pan.
Add stock and bring to a simmer.
As stock comes to a simmer, pulse tomatoes in food processor (or do the tomato step during prep stage - your call.) Do not puree as you do want some chunks of tomatoes left to give your stew some texture. Add to pot. Save remaining tomatoes from can for another use.
Add sliced,cooked potatoes and sausage to stew and let cook about 2-3 minutes to let flavors come together. Season with salt and pepper.
Add clams and mussels and cook until all are open. Discard any that do not open. Taste for seasoning, and adjust with salt and pepper as necessary.
Lade into bowls and serve with crusty bread to sop up all the delicious broth!