Spicy Seafood Stew with Sausage

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. sausage, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 large fennel bulbs, trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise
5 garli cloves, minced
1/4 cup dry vermouth
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1/4 tsp. saffron threads
4 cups chicken stock
1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 orange zest strip, 2 inches long and 1 inch wide
1 1/2 lb. halibut fillets, cut into strips 1 1/2
inches thick
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
Salt, to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
10 crostini rubbed with garlic

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 8 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate; set aside.

Add the onion, fennel and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vermouth and simmer until reduced to about 1 Tbs., about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and saffron threads.

Return the sausage to the pan. Add the stock, tomatoes and orange zest and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the halibut, stir gently, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and mussels, stir gently, cover and cook until the shrimp are opaque and the mussels open, about 3 minutes. Discard any mussels that did not open. Season with salt and cayenne pepper.

Ladle the stew into warmed bowls, garnish with the parsley and serve immediately with the garlic crostini. Serves 10.
from Williams Sonoma