Print RecipeShellfish Stock Yum
This is for the shells from shrimp, crab, crawfish or lobster, or similar critters - whether you catch or buy them. If your shells were cooked in a spicy boil, you have a decision to make: rinse them first, or not. If you don't want the boil spices to clash with your intended use, give them a good rinse or three. But if you prefer the addition of those spicy "seafood boil" flavors, go commando!
- 1 lb shells — crush larger shells, such as a dungeness top
- 2 qt water — Amount approximate. Enough to cover.
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup chopped celery stalk
- 1/4 lb mushrooms — sliced or diced
- 4 cloves garlic — smashed, leave paper on.
- 1 bunch Radish Greens — It's good to rinse, seal & freeze the greens whenever you bring home a radish bunch. Really good in stock.
- 2 Bay Leaf
- 1 Tbsp peppercorns
- 3 sprig thyme
- 3 sprig parsley — intalian flat-leaf is preferred, but curly is ok.
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp coriander seeds — crushed (extra points if you toast them a bit first)
- 1/2 Fresh fennel bulb tops Optional — Just the tops.
- 2 clove star anise — Consider ommitting if you used fennel tops
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Roast mirepoix (onion/carrot/celery) and mushrooms in 400°F oven until just starts to brown.
- Add shells and roast until they start to brown. WATCH CAREFULLY, they burn easiily — probably 10 minutes max. Remove from oven.
- Heat olive oil, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, coriander, mirepoix, mushrooms, shells and tomato paste. Sautee a bit (not too much) then deglaze with the wine.
- Add star anise and optional radish greens to pot, cover with the contents of the sautee pan, then cover with water and bring to a slow simmer for 90 minutes. You can skim the "impurities" if you like, but try to disturb it as little as possible. Never, ever stir stock.
- with 20 minutes to go, add the parsley, gently pushing it down below the surface.
- Moving quickly, get the solids out, filter the stock and do a quick chill. Then refrigerate overnight.
- Use in 3 or 4 days (not longer), or check out KillerNoms.com/WildGameStock.php#storage for longer term storage techniques. It freezes great.
Using un-rinsed crawfish shells from a REALLY spicy boil had a predictably spicy and delicious result, which will be great in things like ramen but could clash with some recipes. Going to try a well-rinsed batch next time.
View online at KillerNoms.com/shellfish-stock
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