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Fish and Shellfish Soup

Source: The Mexican Gourmet
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour
  Serves 8
This rich soup from Veracruz coast can be served as an appetizer or as a meal itself. The masa harina is used as a thickner and also gives the soup a distinctive flavor. If it is not available, you can just omit it; the stock will be slightly thinner but this Mexican interpretation of cioppino will be just as delicious.
2 lb red snapper or sea bass, cleaned and scaled, with the head and bones reserved
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
6 cups water
8 oz small shrimp (prawns), unpeeled
4 dried cascabel chiles or large guajillo chiles, 3 with seeds and stems removed and 1 whole
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded. And roughly chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1 small onion, grated 1 small onion. Grated
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 lb squid, cleaned, with tentacles removed and cut into 1/4-inch rings
2 tablespoons masa harina (tortilla flour) blended with 1/2 cup cold water
1 small bay leaf
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Remove the fillets from the fish, skin, and cut into 2-inch pieces. Set aside.

Put the fish head and bones, the thyme, oregano, salt, and water into a large saucepan and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp and peel. Strain the stock and reserve.

Soak the 3 seeded chiles in hot water for about 10 minutes to soften. Drain, discard the liquid, and puree the chiles in a blender with 1/2 cup of the reserve stock until smooth. Add the tomatoes and continue to blend until smooth.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes until translucent. Add the tomato mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil rises to the surface, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Add the remaining fish stock, the fish pieces, squid, and shrimp. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Add the masa harina mixture, bay leaf, and the whole chile. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, Serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 306
Fat. Total: 12g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 8g
Sodium: 584mg
% Cal. from Fat: 35%
Cholesterol: 217mg
Protein: 39g
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