What's for Dinner: Cioppino

I am often asked what I serve when I entertain. A friend recently made Cioppino and it was out of this world and so easy! So I decided to serve it at a dinner party last weekend.

The main course was Cioppino RECIPE

Paired with lots of crusty french bread and one of my staples, Caesar Salad. Along with red and white wine. Followed by dessert, which I always serve with champagne.

Caesar Salad

Small tin of anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
3 generous tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups good mild olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese to mix in to the salad
Romaine hearts

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well. Add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and croutons. Toss.

Images: Cooking Light, Laura's Best Recipes, Food Network


  1. You did not see me just lick the screen....yum.

  2. What a great party menu - I think these are the best kinds of party dishes (until grill season) - all in one - will definitely be trying this. Any girl who serves champagne with dessert is someone I want to know!!

  3. I know it's only 9 am, but my mouth is watering for this! Guess it would help if I had had breakfast already!

    xo E

  4. Along with Ina's Boeuf Bourgignon, Cioppino is one of my go to meals for entertaining - so easy and you don't have to spend all night in the kitchen cooking!

  5. Hmmmm, thinking I need a good Caesar salad for dinner today!
    xo Cathy

  6. Yum! Can't wait to try this. I can tell that the salad will be delicious by looking at the recipe. It is also such a beautiful dish.

  7. DELICIOUS!!!! Yummy.....this looks amazing, had made it a few years ago much to the delight of my seafood loving family, you just gave me a great idea for something to make this Sunday! I cannot wait to try it...sounds and looks incredibly delicious.

  8. Sounds wonderful. May just have to be a Sunday Supper. thanks for sharing.

  9. It does sound easy.... I will have to give this one a try!! xo

  10. Oh wow! I am so going to make both of these recipes this weekend! Now I want to pass on breakfast and head straight to dinner!

  11. Oh.MY! this looks delicious!