Well, three days of posting nothing is all I can stand, so I asked coach to put me back in the game. I saw this recipe in the newspaper the other day except it was for catfish. As I’ve said many times before, we have friends who keep us supplied with crappie filets, so most recipes calling for mild fish are made with them. Since it was the ragout that caught my attention, I ignored their fish breading and used our usual. We rolled the fish in rice flour, then dunked in the batter, then rolled in Panko for the extra crunch they provide. Our batter recipe is:
1 cup Flour, self rising
¾ can Beer - add slowly til right consistency
1 ea Egg
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Old Bay (2 tsp next time)
Mix everything together and, according to a local chef on TV recently, store in the fridge for at least 2 hours prior to using. Deep fry a few at a time in 365* oil. I kept them warm on the grill while the potatoes were cooking.
The ragout recipe came from Chef Jason Hill of Wisteria Restaurant, Atlanta, Ga.
2 tbsp Butter
4 ea Green tomatoes, diced
1 med Onion, diced
2 lge Beefsteak tomatoes, diced
2 ea Red bell peppers, diced
2 ea Poblano peppers, seeded and diced
2 tsp Old Bay
pinch Red pepper flakes
pinch Kosher salt
pinch White pepper
2 tbsp Minced garlic
2 tbsp Minced fresh herbs (parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary-equal amounts)
1/3 lb Cleaned crawfish tails, shrimp, or catfish
To prepare ragout, heat oil and butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add green tomatoes, onion, beefsteak tomatoes, bell pepper and poblano pepper. Saute 4-5 minute or until onions are translucent. Add Old Bay Seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, white pepper, herbs, garlic and shallot. When onions are translucent, add catfish (I used shrimp) and simmer until warmed, about 3 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.
The trash bag potato recipe came from No Excuses BBQ and is as follows:
· 6-8 large (bigger is better) Yukon Gold, Yellow, or White Rose potatoes
· 1/3 cup minced garlic (feel free to use more if you like garlic)
· 4 tbs olive oil
· 2 tbs lemon pepper
· 2 tbs dried oregano
· 1 tsp salt (optional)
Slice potatoes in half and then into 1/4 inch slices (you can also cut them into wedges if you prefer). Put the potatoes into a plastic bag (I use leftover vegetable bags from the store and throw them out afterward) and pour the olive oil over them. Pour the rest of the ingredients over the potatoes, twist the top of the bag a few times, and mix everything up real good.
Spread the potatoes over the grill using indirect heat for the majority of the cooking time. Cover the grill and let cook for about 15 minutes. Turn the potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes or so. At this point you can choose to move the potatoes directly over the coals long enough to brown them up.
Cooking times will vary depending on the heat of your fire, the thickness of the potatoes, and how close you have them to the coals. (I cooked them on the gasser over direct low heat and it worked fine). Pop over to his site for an explanation of the recipe name.
One final recipe was for tarter sauce courtesy of Cathy over at Wives With Knives, which I'd been wanting to make for a while. When I first made it, I thought it might be too salty or tangy, but after sitting in the fridge for a few hours, as she specified, the flavors married up well and it was outstanding on the fish. Check it out at her site.
Here's my plate.
All told a good meal. I believe we have the fish breading nailed and other than getting a little more salt and spices in it, I don't plan any changes. I will definitely use Cathy's tarter sauce recipe some more. I thought the ragout was pretty good but it didn't inspire me to make it again. Daughter, Wende liked it and took the leftovers home. I liked the flavors on the potatoes, but I've decided that other than baked potatoes I prefer vegetables cooked in a moist, or greasy, environment rather than grilled or baked. I know they're really popular and many folks love the concentration of flavors, etc, and I've tried to love them, but I guess I'm a victim of my up bringing.
Have a great day and sorry for such a long post.