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A Perfect Pair: Recipe No. 3

Written By: Stefanie Bagala

It’s important to have a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day, and you’ve got one day left to plan! Be prepared with this delicious and fresh Cioppino Recipe by Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis!

Perfect Pair No. 3: Cioppino and 2005 Royal Cuvée

Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis

Cioppino

 

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
3 large shallots, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
5 cups fish stock
1 bay leaf
1 pound manila clams, scrubbed
1 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded
1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 pounds assorted firm-fleshed fish fillets such as halibut or salmon, cut into 2-inch chunks

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and 3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and saute 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes.

Add the clams and mussels to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels begin to open, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, and the clams are completely open, stirring gently, about 5 minutes longer (discard any clams and mussels that do not open). Season the soup, to taste, with more salt and red pepper flakes.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

Why 2005 Royal Cuvée?

Older vintages of sparkling wine pair great with hearty dishes and rich sauces. Sparkling wine in particular is a match made in heaven with Seafood! The creamy palate and citrus flavors of this wine work great with the briny and salty flavors of the fresh seafood in the cioppino.

Want more from Celebrity Chefs like Giada?

Then join us at the winery on Saturday, April 6th for the Celebrity Chef Dinner Series. We’ll be bringing in some of the Nation’s Top Chefs to prepare a 6-course meal served alongside award-winning Gloria Ferrer Wines. The proceeds of this event will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

Just one more day till Valentine’s! Happy #Loveweek!