by Jenn on September 20, 2009

in Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Gluten Free,Seafood,Soups

This post is my submission to September’s “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free!” event, hosted this month by Gluten Free Gidget.  The theme this month was Disney.  The first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite movies as a little kid, “The Little Mermaid”.   I immediately thought of the scene where Sebastian the crab is trying to escape the palace chef, and the chef is singing “Les poissons, les poissons, how I love les poissons, love to chop and to serve little fish….”  And so in honor of that song, I bring to you one of my favorite French seafood dishes, bouillabaisse!

Bouillabaisse (pronounced “BOO-ya-base”) is a French fish stew from the area of Provence, and highlights bright bold flavors along with fresh seafood.  I want to try my hand at making more Provençal style recipes, mainly because I love the region and the food so much.  I have not really made very many traditional French recipes on this blog yet, but I hope to bring more to you, my lovely readers, in the future!

This dish is pretty free form, and there is a lot of room for creative license.  There are a couple of key features – one, you should use at least three different types of fish.  I recommend mild white fish that do not impart a very “fishy” taste, along with at least one shellfish.  Two, the dish involves a flavorful broth with lots of saffron and aromatic vegetables – by aromatic I mean like shallots or onion, garlic, fennel, etc.  The dish is traditionally served with by dishing up the seafood you want, then adding in strained broth and topping the soup with croutons and rouille (pronounced “roo-EE”), a spicy garlic sauce.  I did take a few liberties there in order to keep this gluten free and diabetic friendly (like no croutons, no potatoes).