: Meet Walter! Walter is my fish. Walter is dead. Walter is delicious.



Jesda
10-08-09, 08:07 AM
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Started filling my cooler with ice.

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Made the 15-minute drive to Bob's Seafood Market on Olive Blvd.

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A pretty good selection of saltwater and freshwater fish considering we're in the middle of the country. The counter was very long.

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I picked out this guy and named him Walter. $22 for him, $10 for the sack of mussels.

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Stuffed him in my cooler and put him in the back of the Mustang. Took Walter for a ride home. Not nearly as enjoyable to drive with as my dog.

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Stopped at Global Foods in Kirkwood to pick up cilantro, oranges, lemons, imported sodas, and flatbread.

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Some kind of soft flat bread, reminded me of nan.

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Walter will be baked in a salt dome.

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He looks horrified.

Jesda
10-08-09, 08:07 AM
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I stuffed the snot out of him.

First, I laid a bed of salt. In a mixing bowl, I combined 6 lbs of kosher salt with five egg whites and a cup of water. I kneaded it all together. This helps the salt stay in place as an exterior shell while baking and helps it come apart when finished.

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I packed the salt all over the top and sides. This keeps Walter from losing moisture in the oven.

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After 40 minutes at 450F, he was ready to come out. I let him rest on the stove for ten minutes. I used a hammer out of my toolbox to gently tap the sides of the salt shell and remove it as one big piece.

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Using a long knife, I cut along the top of his skin and removed the meat from each side. The head and bones very easily came off as a single piece.

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Mussels took a bath in chicken broth. Once they popped, they were ready.

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Enough fish and mussels to generously feed four people. Goes great with flatbread and white rice.

Total expense:
Oranges - $1
Lemons - $.50
Cilantro - $.80
Broth - $4
Mussels - $10
Bass - $22
Flatbread - $2
Rice - $1
Two large boxes of kosher salt - $3.50

Total: A little over $44 or about $11/person for four people.

Submariner409
10-08-09, 08:34 AM
Next time, filet that Striped Bass (Rock) and, using just a dash of salt and pepper, broil the filets, flesh side up. The meat will be slightly firm and flaky when correctly done.

DILLIGAF
10-08-09, 05:51 PM
Tooooo much food network for you!!!!

Submariner409
10-08-09, 06:03 PM
No food network here - I catch and filet my own fish, catch and steam my own Bay crabs (don't get cute), tong and cook/shuck my own oysters. Make my own tartar and cocktail sauces.

It's a case of seafood: see food an' ya' eat it............

DILLIGAF
10-08-09, 06:21 PM
No food network here - I catch and filet my own fish, catch and steam my own Bay crabs (don't get cute), tong and cook/shuck my own oysters. Make my own tartar and cocktail sauces.

It's a case of seafood: see food an' ya' eat it............

Sorry,too much food network for Jesda.I saw Alton Brown make the same thing on TV,the wife has a food network problem and always cooks weird stuff.

Dude i'm with you,when it comes to fish if I didn't catch it, I don't trust it.:highfive:

I bet that fish stunk up his house hard core!

Jesda
10-08-09, 07:49 PM
Alton Brown is the man.

I absolutely hate fishing. I used to watch my mom catch and clean fish, never enjoyed the smell and mess. Hell, I don't even like working on my own cars. If I had my way, I'd sit in a throne and have midgets feed me. I know some people love to fish for the sport/serenity/cost efficiency/authenticity. I might take up fishing if civilization ended and the world's fishing industry disappeared. Until then.... :)

That fish smelled pretty damn good while baking. The lady at the counter had me sniff-check it before purchasing. What didn't smell so good was the fishy odor left on my shirt while prepping.


I -really- like the way my mom prepares salmon. She sears them in oyster sauce then tosses them in the oven. So simple, tastes incredible.

ga_etc
10-08-09, 10:00 PM
Have you ever had someone at a store ask you why you were taking so many pictures of random things? Just wondered.

Jesda
10-08-09, 10:49 PM
Blackberry is stealthy :)

ga_etc
10-08-09, 11:17 PM
Gotcha, lol.

The Tony Show
10-09-09, 12:10 AM
Twenty two dollars for that little bugger? Holy crap. I never realized I catch a small fortune every time I go fishing.

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Florian
10-09-09, 01:26 AM
Filet o Fish .99 here in Ctown.
Lots easier and Im sure a lot less hassle


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c5 rv
10-09-09, 01:16 PM
Twenty two dollars for that little bugger? Holy carp. I never realized I catch a small fortune every time I go fishing.


Fixed it for you...

Submariner409
10-09-09, 01:51 PM
Store-bought decent fish can be very close to the same price as Filet Mignon.

A lot of people shy away farm raised catfish, but they're missing a real seafood treat................either cornmeal battered and fried or simply baked in a 350 degree oven with salt, pepper, and paper-thin lemon slices draped over the filets.

Jesda
10-09-09, 02:08 PM
Catfish is pretty much the only thing here that's cheap, since its usually local.