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Fish Soup (Kakavia) Recipe

Karen Mintzias 1 1/2 kg Fish trimmings

3 l Water

Salt Whole peppercorns 2 lg Onions; chopped

2 Garlic cloves; crushed

2 Leeks (optional)

-- white part only 1 c Chopped carrot

1 c Chopped celery (with leaves)

1/2 c Olive oil

2 c Chopped, peeled tomatoes

2 Bay leaves

4 Sprigs parsley

1 Sprig thyme

750 g Potatoes; peeled & sliced

Parsley; chopped -------------------------------FISH (SEE NOTE------------------------------- 1 1/2 kg Mixed whole fish

500 g Green lobster tails

500 g Large green prawns

2 tb Lemon juice

Obtain from the fishmonger fish trimmings such as heads and backbones. Rinse well and place in a large pot. Add water, salt and 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns and simmer for 2 hours. Strain stock and reserve. Gently fry onion, garlic, chopped leeks, carrots and celery in oil for 10 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes, herbs tied into a bunch and reserved fish stock. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat, add fish pieces and simmer 3 minutes, then add lobster pieces and prawns and simmer for 7-10 minutes until prawns turn pink and lobster meat is cooked. Do not boil when shellfish are added for they will toughen. Pile fish, shellfish and potatoes in a serving dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley and keep hot. Serve soup in a tureen as a first course with crusty bread, then follow with seafoods and potatoes served with lemon wedges and a cruet of olive oil. Alternatively soup, potatoes and seafoods may be served together in deep plates. NOTE: Fish and shellfish preparation: Fish suitable are snapper, mullet, eel, whiting, john dory and bream. Cut into 5 cm (2 inch) slices and sprinkle with lemon juice. Add heads and trimmings to fish stock. Cut rinsed lobster tails into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces with shell on. Shell and de-vein prawns. Source: The Greek Cookbook by Tess Mallos Typos by: Karen Mintzias

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