Monday, December 1, 2014

Fish and Grits

Fish and Grits for One
Created December, 2014. Inspired by a breakfast dish served in a local's favorite breakfast spot on US-17 in Pawley Island, SC. They presented local fried flounder with a side of grits. This dish adds a sauce usually reserved for shrimp and grits.
1 T (15 ml) butter
1 T (15 ml) olive oil plus additional
1/2 c (125 ml) sliced mushrooms
1/4 c (60 ml) sliced green onions
1 T (15 ml) bacon crumbles, divided
3.5 oz (100 g) catfish filets (or other firm white fish), cut into shrimp-sized pieces
salt and pepper
1/2 t (5 ml) minced garlic
1/2 c (125 ml) chicken or seafood stock
1 T (15 ml) lemon juice
1/4 t (2 ml) Louisiana red pepper sauce
4 oz (125 g) cheese grits or savory grits
Arrange the fish on a plate, season well with salt and pepper, and dust heavily with flour.     [Hint: A shaker jar filled with all-purpose flour is a handy cooking aid.] Mix to cover well, adding more flour until the fish no longer feels moist. Heat the butter and oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet, and saute the mushrooms for 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the green onions and half the bacon crumbles. Continue cooking about two minutes, adding more oil as needed. When sizzling hot, add the breaded fish pieces and garlic. Cook on one side for 2 to 3 minutes and turn to cook other side. When browned add the stock, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Heat for another two minutes, tossing gently, until the fish is cooked and the sauce has thickened. Serve over warm grits, garnish with the remaining bacon. Serves one.

Pear-Raspberry Salad

Raspberries are available year-round, and bring a lot to a fresh fruit salad. The fruit dressing bolsters the fruit flavor. About 22 grams of carbohydrate and 5 grams of fiber per serving.
1 medium bosc pear, peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into bite-size pieces
3 oz fresh raspberries
1 T sugar
1 T water
2 T berry sauce
Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Mix gently. Chill. Mix again. Serves 2.