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As well as Provencal Fish Soup with Saffron Rouille if you put more garlic in the rouille.

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Posted to Thread #14992 at 4:26 pm on Jun 2, 2009

In fact, H keeps aking for this one, again, and again.

Provencal Fish Soup with Saffron Rouille Gourmet | March 2008

Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you: Yes, after simmering the fish with aromatics, wine, and tomatoes, we advise you to force every last bit through a food mill—heads, tails, bones, and all—for an incredibly lush soup, tasting of a beautiful union between land and sea (the food mill will strain any unwanted solids to be discarded). A garlicky rouille, exotic with a touch of crumbled saffron, further coaxes out the natural richness of the fish.

Makes 8 (first course) servings Active Time: 1 1/4 hr Total Time: 1 3/4 hr

4 medium leeks, chopped
1 large fennel bulb chopped, reserving fronds
3 medium carrots, chopped
2 large celery ribs, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
2 California or 4 Turkish bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
5 pounds whole whiting, perch, or cod (preferably with heads), cleaned and rinsed well
5 medium tomatoes, chopped (4 cups)
2 cups dry white wine
4 (3- by 1-inch) strips fresh orange zest
6 cups water
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 baguette, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices

Accompaniment: saffron rouille

Wash leeks . Cook leeks, fennel bulb, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil with herbes de Provence, bay leaves, cayenne, saffron, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in an 8-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes.

While vegetable mixture cooks, cut fish crosswise into 2- to 3-inch lengths.

Add tomatoes, wine, and zest to vegetable mixture and bring to a boil, then boil 30 seconds. Add fish, water, and tomato paste and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until fish completely falls apart, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350̊F with rack in middle.

Arrange baguette slices in 1 layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and thoroughly dried, about 20 minutes.

Force soup through food mill into a large heavy pot, discarding solids. Reheat soup over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Mound rouille on croutons and put 1 in bottom of each soup bowl. Pour soup around croutons.


Cooks' note:
Soup, without rouille and croutons, can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, uncovered, until completely cooled, then covered. Reheat before serving.


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