"This recipe goes well with the traditional Portuguese corn bread, broa."
leeks, washed and coarsely chopped
fennel bulb, white parts only coarsely chopped
garlic cloves, minced
red bell pepper, cored seeded diced
orange, zest of
1 quart fish stock or 1 quart
1 (8 ounce) bottles
( add only if using water and not fish stock)
dry white wine
red pepper flakes
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
3 lbs cod fish fillets or 3 lbs
boneless white fish, and shellfish
Heat the oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven, add the onions and leeks and saute until softened. Add the fennel and garlic and saute until aromatic.
Add all of the remaining ingredients except the fish and/or shellfish and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
While the stock is simmering, cut the fish into bite-sized portions. Bring the stock back to a rapid boil, add the fish and cook for 1 minute.
Add the shellfish (if using) and continue to boil until shells open, approximately 1 minute. Shake the pot occasionally to encourage clam and mussel shells to open. If using shrimp, turn off the heat as soon as the shrimp lose their gray translucency. Any longer than this and they become tough and overcooked. Depending on your pot and burner, this will probably be about 2-3 minutes.
Serve hot with wedges of Broa either on the side or in the dish with the soup ladled over.
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Caldeirada De Peixe (Portuguese Fish Stew) (cont.)