Bacon-Infused Carolina Fish Muddle Recipe

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Bacon-Infused Carolina Fish Muddle
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  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shrimp shells and cook, stirring constantly, until pink. Add 3 cups water and bring to a simmer. Cook gently until liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Strain stock, discarding shells. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill stock and shrimp separately.
  2. Tie thyme sprigs and bay leaves into a bundle with kitchen twine; set aside. Pulse tomatoes with juices in a food processor until chunky purée forms; set aside. Heat bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until some of fat is rendered and bacon is just beginning to crisp, 10–15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings for croutons.
  3. Add celery, carrots, onions, and leek to pot. Increase heat to medium and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeño, and herb bundle; cook for 2 minutes. Add reserved tomato purée; cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes. Add shrimp stock (or, if omitting the first step, add 2 cups fish stock or clam juice) and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and cooked bacon and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Season stew with salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce, if desired.
  4. Add fish and shrimp; bring to a gentle simmer. Cover; cook until fish and shrimp are just opaque in center, about 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, brush bacon fat onto toast to make croutons. Ladle muddle into bowls over grits or rice, sprinkle with parsley, and garnish each bowl with a crouton.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1194.47 Kcal (5001 kJ)
Calories from fat 483.96 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 53.77g 83%
Cholesterol 215.95mg 72%
Sodium 3537.08mg 147%
Potassium 2019.93mg 43%
Total Carbs 102.09g 34%
Sugars 21.23g 85%
Dietary Fiber 15.18g 61%
Protein 77.07g 154%
Vitamin C 37mg 62%
Vitamin A 3.1mg 105%
Iron 7.1mg 39%
Calcium 235.2mg 24%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 111.6 Kcal (467 kJ)
Calories from fat 45.22 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.02g 83%
Cholesterol 20.18mg 72%
Sodium 330.47mg 147%
Potassium 188.72mg 43%
Total Carbs 9.54g 34%
Sugars 1.98g 85%
Dietary Fiber 1.42g 61%
Protein 7.2g 154%
Vitamin C 3.5mg 62%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 105%
Iron 0.7mg 39%
Calcium 22mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 27.6
  • 31

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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