Shellfish and Couscous Stew

Servings: 4
Start to finish: 45 minutes
Hands on time: 35 minutes

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 small sea scallops
8 medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
3 plum tomatoes (about 8 ounces), finely chopped
1 cup white wine
1 dozen mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
1 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
1 to 1 1/2 cups canned chicken broth or stock
1 cup pearl or Israeli couscous
Kosher salt and freshly milled black pepper

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot; reduce the heat to medium-high and add the scallops and the shrimp. Cook, turning once, until almost cooked through, about 2 minutes total. Transfer the shellfish with tongs to a strainer set over a bowl and set aside.

Add the shallots to the pan and cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring 1 more minute. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add the white wine, mussels, and clams. Cover and increase the heat to high. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes, transferring the mussels and clams as they open to the strainer with the shrimp and scallops. Discard any mussels and clams that do not open. Measure the tomato mixture in the skillet; add the liquid from the bowl under the shellfish and enough chicken broth to make 2 cups.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the couscous. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the 2 cups liquid and bring to a boil. Turn it down to a simmer, cover the pan tightly and cook for 5 minutes or until the couscous is tender.

Meanwhile, remove and discard the mussel and clam shells, if desired. Add the shellfish to the couscous along with any more juices from the bowl; cook until just heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Arugula Salad with Croutons, Sliced Spanish Olives, Halved Cherry Tomatoes and Creamy Garlic Dressing

6 to 8 cups Arugula
1/2 cup store-bought croutons
1/3 cup sliced Spanish olives
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Wash arugula and pat dry.  Sprinkle with croutons.  Slice olives and tomatoes. Toss in large serving bowl.  Serve with Creamy Garlic Dressing.  Recipe below.

Creamy Garlic Dressing Two Ways: Rich and Slim

Makes about 2/3 cup

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup heavy cream or plain low-fat or full-fat yogurt Greek-style yogurt
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until the salt has dissolved. Stir in the garlic and gradually whisk in the cream (or yogurt) and then the olive oil. Store in the refrigerator for a day or two.


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3 Responses to Shellfish and Couscous Stew

  1. deborah says:

    I saw your recipe for homemade ricotta it calls for whole milk but you didn’t specify if you could use store bought milk that was homogenized and pastureized or raw milk. can you email me an answer Thank you very much

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