Brazilian Seafood Stew & Collard Greens

Ever since The Quest for Zest posted it’s contest for Fort Wayne Foodies, I’ve been obsessed with figuring out what meal to prepare. Jon chose this one today and it might be the winner, in my book at least. If the contest were based on the way my house smells right now, I’d surely win.

Brazilian Seafood Stew

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds white fish fillets (such as red snapper or orange roughy), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can yellow corn
  • 3/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/4 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined

Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and lime juice in large bowl. Add fish and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; stir to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic and crushed red pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes, coconut milk, tomato paste, corn, half of cilantro and half of green onions. Add shrimp and fish with marinade. Simmer until shrimp and fish are just opaque in center, about 5 minutes. Season stew with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and green onions.

Brazilian Collard Greens

  • 1 1/4 pound collard greens, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves halved lengthwise
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Stack half of collard leaves and roll into a cigar shape. Cut crosswise into very thin strips (1/16 inch wide). Repeat with remainder.

    Mince and mash garlic to a paste with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, 30 seconds. Add collards with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, tossing, until just tender and bright green, 3 to 4 minutes.

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