Seafood and Sausage Melange with Croutons

 and Saffron Mayonnaise

CATEGORY: Main Course- Fish and Shellfish
This is a wonderful seafood dish.  The addition of saffron mayo makes it rich and sophisticated.  And... Oh, those croutons!!  Most of the components can be made ahead.  Just before serving pop the cod in the oven and heat up the mussels. A great party dish!
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 30 minutes

*Saffron mayonnaise*
2 tsp fresh lime juice
Pinch of saffron threads, crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 TBSP olive oil
1/8 to 1/4 tsp Tabasco Sauce (optional)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped shallots
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
Pinch of saffron threads
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 pounds clams, scrubbed
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1/2 cup chorizo, diced
1/4 cup finely diced tomato
1/4 cup finely diced roasted red pepper 
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley

4 thick slices of Sourdough bread- 3/4" cubes
2 TBSP olive oil

1 8-ounce bottle clam juice
1 cup dry white wine
1 12-ounce cod fillet, cut into 4 equal pieces


Clams: Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, red pepper flakes, and saffron.  Sauté until softened (3 to 5 minutes). Add wine; bring to simmer. Add clams and thyme sprigs; cover and cook until clams open, approx. 4 to 7 minutes (discard any clams that do not open). Strain  broth into large saucepan; add chorizo, tomato, roasted pepper, and parsley. Refrigerate if being made ahead.
Croutons: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brush olive oil on sourdough cubes and bake for 15 minutes or until just golden.

Cod: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring clam juice and wine to simmer in small saucepan. Pour into 8 X 8" ovenproof baking dish. Add cod pieces to dish; sprinkle with salt and drizzle with oil. Bake until fish is opaque in center, basting with poaching liquid- about 8 minutes.

Bring clam broth to simmer. Add clams and heat through. Divide clams and broth among 4 shallow bowls. Top each with piece of cod, Sprinkle with 1/4 of the croutons, and add a dollop of saffron mayonnaise.

Saffron mayonnaise: Combine lime juice and saffron in bowl. Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in mayonnaise, oil, and Tabasco (optional). Cover and chill 4 to 6 hours to allow flavors to blend.