Conch Soup Sweet conch meat meets fiery chiles in this aromatic stew. Long simmering tenderizes the shellfish and results in a sumptuous dish. This recipe first appeared in our November 2011 issue along with Betsy Andrews's story Good Morning, Jamaica.
According to The Florida Keys Cookbook, where I found this recipe, the Bahamians held the conch in mystical regard, believing its consumption enhanced male potency. They brought the recipe with them when they immigrated to the Florida Keys.
Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern learned to make gumbo on a trip in the Louisiana bayou. This version of the famous Cajun dish calls for andouille sausage and super spicy habanero chile, as well as fresh shellfish.Recipe: Andouille, Crab, and Oyster Gumbo