Easy Slow Cooker Cioppino Recipe |
With summer around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to cook for the rest of the season. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a Cioppino, a fish stew traditionally made in the Mediterranean that’s best enjoyed with friends and family. When you’re looking for recipes, you can find tons of Cioppino recipes online, but most don’t go as easy as they could. We’re here to help with this one, and we’ve included our own special twist on the recipe, to make it a little bit quicker and easier.
Cioppino is an Italian seafood soup made with a variety of shellfish that was created in Naples in the late 1800s. This recipe is a variation of the more commonly served seafood stew, made with both shellfish and fish. This recipe makes a milder cioppino, which is more suitable for the family meal.
Ever since I made my grandmother’s famous recipe for Cioppino, I’ve been hooked on the flavors of seafood simmering in a tomato-based stew. Cioppino is a simple seafood stew that consists of a tomato base (along with seafood stock), and is made in a classic Italian pot with a heavy bottom. The sauce gets thickened with a roux, and then the seafood goes in as well. Unlike many other “cioppino” recipes, this recipe does not include any wine. It tastes like a thick, hearty tomato-based stew, with mussels, clams, shrimp, and crabmeat. The roux makes it thick, and I usually serve it over white rice so that I don’t
I was immediately fascinated by the origins of this simple slow cooker Cioppino dish. With a name like Cioppino, I knew it had to be Italian, but I was curious. I’m not a huge fan of Wikipedia, but they do offer a cute tale about the origins of Cioppino. Cioppino was created in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants, many of whom came from Genoa, who lived in San Francisco’s North Beach area. When a fisherman returned empty-handed, they would approach the other fishermen with a pot and ask them to pitch in whatever they could. Cioppino was made from whatever ended up in the pot. î I’m not sure how true this is, but I enjoy the tale for the feeling of community and people looking out for one another. My heart was touched by the tale, just as my body was warmed by the stew.
Cioppino is a kind of seafood stew.
Cioppino is a delicious fish dish. Cioppino is not to be confused with bouillabaisse, which is usually prepared with a white fish broth. All of the flavors of the additional veggies (think onions, celery, garlic, bell peppers) blend together in a rich tasting chunky soup while the foundation cooks slowly in the slow cooker. The greatest part about this recipe is how adaptable it is. This meal may be customized with your own particular preferences, from the vegetable you add to the base to the seafood combination you select. I used a combination of fish, crab, and shrimp in this dish. Halibut, haddock, scallops, mussels, and lobster, on the other hand, would all work well in this stew. This meal goes well with a crusty loaf of bread. Use the bread to soak up as much soup as possible. For added nourishment, serve with a small garden salad.
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Cioppino in a Slow Cooker
Combine the first twelve ingredients in a 4-quart crock pot. Cook on low for 4 hours, covered.
Combine the cod, shrimp, clams, and crab meat in a large mixing bowl. Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Remove the bay leaf, mix in the parsley, and top with fresh basil before serving.
Cioppino is a simple seafood dish.
This dish is casual enough for a family dinner yet sophisticated enough for a banquet. It may be prepared ahead of time and then warmed when ready to serve. You may also make the foundation ahead of time and freeze it in vacuum-sealed containers for up to six months. Simply take it out of the freezer and defrost when you’re ready. Reheat for approximately 30 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the stew is steaming. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. This technique enables you to have a delicious Cioppino at any moment.
For many of us, the ultimate comfort food is a home-cooked meal: a good soup, a great soup, a stew, or a cioppino. Unlike some of my cooking, this cioppino is a simple, one-pot meal that you can make on your own in your slow cooker. The process is actually quite simple: brown the beef and then add the vegetables, broth, wine, herbs, peppercorns and tomatoes. Cover up, set the slow cooker to low and go about your day. By noon, you’ll have a delicious cioppino that will make you feel like a million bucks.. Read more about crockpot seafood recipes and let us know what you think.