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Vatapa - Brazilian Seafood Stew

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Wonderful seafood dish from Brazil.
Ingredients
  Dried shrimp 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onion 1 , thinly sliced
  Serrano chiles 3 , minced (seeded)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), chopped
  Paprika 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Crushed red pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coconut milk 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Whole tomatoes 16 Ounce, chopped (drained)
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Soft bread crumbs 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Natural peanut butter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Raw shrimp 1 Pound (shelled & deveined)
  Cod fillets 1 Pound, cut to 1 1/2" pieces
  Minced fresh cilantro 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

Cover dried shrimp with warm water.
Allow to stand 15 mins.
Drain.
Mince shrimp & reserve.
Cook & stir onion, chiles, garlic, paprika & red pepper in 2 tb oil in Dutch oven over med-heat until onion is tender.
Stir in coconut milk, tomatoes, salt & reserved dried shrimp.
Heat to boiling then reduce heat.
Simmer uncovered 15 mins.
Stir in bread crumbs & peanut butter until well blended.
Mixture should be the consistency of thick sauce.
Keep warm over low heat.
Heat 3 tb oil in skillet until hot.
Cook & stir raw shrimp in oil over med-heat until pink for 3 mins.
Remove shrimp to sauce mixture with slotted spoon.
Add more oil to skillet if necessary.
Cook & stir fish until it flakes easily with fork.
Gently stir fish into sauce mixture.
Sprinkle with cilantro then serve with salsa if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
South American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Stewed
Ingredient: 
Seafood
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
8
Story
Given tio me by a feiend's wife in Brazil. ORIGIN: Maria Disboa, Brasilia-Brasil, circa 1998

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