New England Bouillabaisse with Rouille and Croutons

Menu Part: 
Entree
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
4

A steaming bowl of this fragrant bouillabaisse is a truly comforting meal. Seafood lovers will adore this succulent feast.

Ingredients

For the Broth:
2-3 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 med. leek, roots and all (trim off 1 in. of green part), diced, washed, and dried well
1 fennel bulb, top stalks and any tough outer layers removed, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp. saffron
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 tomatoes, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 cups dry white wine
Juice of 1 orange

For the Fish:
12 littleneck clams, washed well in cold water
1/2 lb. monkfish, trimmed and cut into 2-in. chunks
1/2 lb. haddock filet, skin removed, cut into 2-in. pieces
1/2 lb. cleaned squid bodies, cut into thin rings
12 mussels, scrubbed
12 small shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 tbsp. anisette, (optional)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup rouille
1 loaf French bread, sliced and toasted

Steps

1. For broth: Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over med.-high heat. Add onion, leek, fennel, celery, garlic, saffron, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 min.

2. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to combine. Add 2 qt. water, white wine, and orange juice; bring to a boil. Lower the heat to just bubbling and cook for 3 min. (Can be made the day ahead, refrigerated, and reheated when needed. It can also be frozen.)

3. To cook and serve the fish: Add the clams to the broth and cook for 6-8 min. Add the monkfish and stir gently. Simmer for 5 more min. When the clams open and the monkfish is almost cooked, add the haddock, squid, mussels, and shrimp. Add the anisette, if using. Cook for an additional 5 min., or until the haddock is cooked and the mussels open. All the fish should be delicately cooked.

4. Carefully remove fish from broth with a slotted spoon and divide it among 4 large, heated bowls. Bring the broth to a boil and whisk in the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Ladle broth over fish. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve the bouillabaisse with rouille spread on the croutons.

More From FoodService Director

Menu Development
meatloaf slices plate

“This is the best meatloaf I’ve ever had,” a diner at Alcatel-Lucent telecommunications in Naperville, Ill., once told chef Iraj Fernando. The dish was rooted in a tried-and-true source—the “Betty Crocker Cookbook.”

“I just seasoned the breadcrumbs differently, used fresh parsley and beat the eggs to make them frothier,” says Fernando, executive chef and manager for Southern Foodservice Management.

Consumer interest is up for classic and comforting meat dishes like meatballs (16%), beef pot pie (26%) and meatloaf (12%) for dinner now compared to two years ago, shows...

Ideas and Innovation
oxford school district cafeteria

We have spent considerable money making cafeterias cool again. New paint jobs, crazy color patterns, custom graphics and changes in lighting schemes have made some of our cafes popular gathering places. We’ve also experimented with videos, cable TV programs and music. We involved a number of student groups and student input in improving the atmosphere, especially in our high school and middle school cafeterias.

Ideas and Innovation
kale quinoa salad

With all the hype around probiotics, we decided to create a daily dish that incorporates probiotics in addition to prebiotics. You rarely hear about prebiotics, and this was a great way to highlight how the two work synergistically to maintain a healthy gut. Our chefs have developed menu items such as roasted salmon with yogurt and mint vinaigrette; kale and quinoa salad with warm maple dressing; and leek soup with pickled cucumbers, to name a few.

Ideas and Innovation
packaged meals

While the multiple-choice questions on FoodService Director’s annual census surveys are a great way of gathering data on trends, I’ve always been rather partial to the open-ended queries. We can’t possibly think up every answer operators might have to a particular question, and it gives respondents a chance to show some personality as well. (A special nod to one cheeky operator’s not-quite-safe-for-work response to how they’re tackling shortened lunch periods—you made my day.)

So this year, for the first time since I’ve been at FoodService Director, I chose to include a very open-...

FSD Resources