Seafood stew with mussels and shrimp

Frances Atkins' turns a seafood stew into something really special, decorating it to look like a rock pool - a perfect recipe to try with children.

First published in 2015
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Method

1
Clean the mussels well with a clean hard brush and cold water. Combine the cleaned mussels with 570ml of the stock in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and steam until opened, approximately 2-4 minutes. Strain the cooking liquor through a fine strainer into a jug and set aside
  • 1000g of mussels
  • 570ml of chicken stock, or vegetable stock
2
Remove the mussels from their shells, saving 4 of the nicest shells for decoration. Store in the fridge until required
3
Wash the lentils well and add to a pan with the shallot and the remainder of the stock. Cook on a gentle boil until soft, approximately 8-12 minutes, then drain well and season to taste
4
Meanwhile, place the potatoes in cold water and cook on a gentle boil until tender. Strain and set aside
5
Reduce the cooking liquor from the mussels by half, then add the crevettes to the liquid and poach for 3 minutes, until cooked through. Once cooked, add the samphire, spinach and wild garlic leaves to the warm liquid, followed by the potatoes
6
To serve, place the lentils on the bottom of each dish and use a slotted spoon to arrange the seafood, potatoes and vegetables on top. Lastly, add the potted shrimp, followed by the hot cooking liquor. Serve immediately
First published in 2015
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Frances Atkins creates imaginative, spirited and beautifully executed food inspired by the stunning landscape of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales.

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