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Portuguese Seafood Stew With Aioli Crostini

  • Yield: 4 main-course servings


  • 12 Aioli Crostini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound chorizo or andouille sausage, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup sliced onions, sliced vertically, then across
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped Italian plum tomatoes (about 4)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon Emeril's Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups Shrimp Stock
  • 2 (about 1 pound each) live lobsters, cut in half from the head through the tail, the claws cracked with the side of a heavy knife
  • 24 cherrystone or littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 16 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 12 large headless shrimp in the shell


  • Partially prepare the Aioli Crostini by doing Steps 1 and 2. Set the aioli aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot or paella pan over high heat. Add the sausage and sautÈ for 2 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, basil, Creole Seasoning, salt, pepper, and stock and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the lobster, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the clams, cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  • After the clams go into the pot, spread the aioli on the bread slices.
  • Add the mussels and shrimp to the pot, cover and simmer just until the shrimp turn pink and the mussels open, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • While the mussels and shrimp are cooking, bake the Aioli Crostini.
  • To serve, arrange 1/2 lobster, 6 clams, 4 mussels, and 3 shrimp in each of 4 large bowls. Ladle the soup over the shellfish and garnish each serving with 3 Aioli Crostini.