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Spanish Mackerel Ceviche

Appetizer Time: Try Spanish Mackerel Ceviche!

This Spanish Mackerel Ceviche Recipe is courtesy of Chef Scott Surratt of Ceviche’s 

The recipe was seen on the episode “Spanish Mackerel“, Season 7

About Ceviche

Ceviche is a South American dish of marinated raw fish or seafood. It is typically garnished and served as an appetizer. It is a recipe for raw fish and seafood marinated in citrus juice, mainly lime and lemon. The fish is effectively “cooked” even though there’s no heat involved.
According to whatscookingamerica.net, ceviche’s birthplace is disputed between Peru and Ecuador, and as both countries have an amazing variety of fish and shellfish.  In addition, It could have come from the ancient Inca civilizations of Peru and Ecuador.  Every Latin American country has given seviche/ceviche its own touch of individuality by adding its own particular garnishes.
Let’s look at how ceviche is served in several countries. In Peru, it is served with slices of cold sweet potatoes or corn-on-the-cob. In Ecuador, ceviche is served with popcorn, nuts, or corn nuts.  It is also served in a large crystal bowl with the guests helping themselves, either by spearing it with toothpicks or filling the pastry shells. In Mexico, seviche shares a plate with slices of raw onions and served on toasted tortillas.

Now, how About Mackerel?

The Atlantic Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) –  a migratory species of mackerels that swims to the Northern Gulf of Mexico.  In spring they return to south Florida in the Eastern Gulf, and to Mexico in the Western Gulf in the fall.
Spanish Mackerels possess darker meat. Many consider mackerel one of the tastiest of the Mackerel family. Spanish Mackerels offer a rich source for Omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated fatty acids with huge health benefits). Easily filleted and excellent eating baked, broiled, steamed, smoked, poached, or fried.

When Ready to Buy, Buy Here

Buying your Spanish Mackerel at Motts Channel Seafood means its the freshest fish available anywhere.  Swordfish makes a great fresh fish substitution for this recipe.
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  1. Place mackerel, lime juice, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro, oregano, scallions, and onion in a non-reactive bowl, allow to marinate (cook) overnight under refrigeration. Once the fish is opaque and not translucent, the fish is done. Add avocado and mix well. Season to taste with Wrightsville Beach Sea Salt, and enjoy.
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Crab Cake Deviled Eggs

Let’s Talk  Deviled Eggs and Seafood

According to history.com, the egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with festivals celebrating spring. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources.

What do do with those hard-boiled eggs is a question many of us ask even today.

Fish and seafood are breakfast staples all over the world, from the grilled fish and rice of Japan to kippers and eggs in England, to the Jewish culture’s fondness for bagels-and-lox.

This Easter weekend, why don’t you start a family tradition of your own by adding fresh fish and seafood into your holiday meal plans? We’ve included a delicious crab cake deviled egg recipe to get you started. Need more ideas? Just ask…

Crab cakes and deviled eggs combine to form an appetizer perfect for Easter. These deviled eggs are silky smooth with generous chunks of rich lump crab and a hint of crunch from the panko topping. If you like crab cakes you are going to love these deviled eggs!

Makes 12 Standing or 24 Traditional Deviled Eggs
Recipe Author: Cheyanne Bany.  Photo credit: nospoonnecessary.com.

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Servings: Traditional Deviled Eggs
Instructions
  1. Hard Boil the Eggs: In a saucepan add eggs and enough water to cover by 1’’. Add in white vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Cover and remove from heat. Allow to sit 12 minutes for large eggs. Drain and rinse eggs with cold water immediately. To stop eggs from continuing to cook, transfer them into a large bowl filled with ice water. Peel while warm and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  3. For Standing-Up Deviled Eggs: Use a sharp paring knife to slice a small sliver off the bottom of the large end of the egg, so it will stand upright, then slice off the top 1/3rd.
  4. For Traditional Deviled Eggs: Use a sharp paring knife to cut the egg in half lengthwise.
  5. Remove yolks from all the eggs and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, old bay, parsley, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of bowl if necessary. Add in the crab and pulse until incorporated. Add additional mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon at a time if a thinner consistency is desired.
  6. Transfer the deviled egg mixture to a piping bag affixed with the star attachment, or a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off (for a makeshift piping bag).
  7. Pipe mixture into egg whites, filling generously.
  8. Garnish with toasted panko, parsley and lemon zest (if using).
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Oysters on the Half Shell With Parmesan and Garlic Butter

 

Try this Delicious Oysters on the Half Shell With Parmesan and Garlic Butter Recipe

Oysters, parmesan and butter…oh my! Who does not love to order raw oysters in seaside restaurants? But, have you ever considered bringing the half shell experience back home? It’s really very easy, affordable, and fun! Savor the last few weeks of the oyster season with this simple yet flavor-full dish. This is a super simple and absolutely delicious recipe. Oysters on the half shell are topped with Parmesan and garlic butter and baked until bubbly. Also, please share your seafood culinary successes with us via FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

According to Rodalesorganiclife.com, oysters can provide you with a host of health benefits, among them, high levels of heart- and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and enough zinc (the aphrodisiac mineral) to keep your mojo flowing all night.

Store live oysters in the refrigerator at 40 degrees F. if they are not to be used immediately. Place them deep side down (to retain their juices) in an open container. Cover the oysters with a damp towel or layers of damp newspaper. Oyster store this way will keep up to 5 to 7 days.

Recipe and Photo Credit: foodsogoodmall.com.

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a microwave place the butter in a micro safe dish along with the garlic and cook until the butter has melted.
  3. Place the oysters on a foil covered baking sheet and spoon a tbs of the butter and garlic mixture over each oyster.
  4. Add a tbs of the grated Parmesan over each oyster.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned slightly.
  6. Garnish with the chopped parsley.
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Light Seafood Gumbo

About Gumbo

Of all the dishes in the realm of Louisiana style cuisine, “gumbo” has remained the most well known and well loved. Gumbo crosses all class barriers, appearing on the tables of the poor as well as the wealthy. Although ingredients might vary greatly from one cook to the next, and from one part of the state to another, a steaming bowl of fragrant gumbo is one of life’s cherished pleasures.

According to the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gumbo is often cited as an example of the melting-pot nature of Louisiana cooking, but trying to sort out the origins and evolution of the dish is highly speculative. The name derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine, although the roux used in gumbos is much darker than its Gallic cousins.

Since Mardi Gras takes place in the same month as Heart Health month, we wanted to share a recipe that keeps the flavor but cuts out the salt and excess calories.
Recipe Credit: LaaLoosh.com
Photo Credit: Gourmet.com

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  1. Spray a large, non-stick skillet with non-fat cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add in garlic okra, bell pepper, onions, and celery. Cook until veggies are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Make the roux by adding the butter to the skillet, and then add in the flour; stir until blended. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until the flour is well browned, but not burned, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the broth into the skillet, continuously stirring to remove lumps, and bring to a slow simmer. Add in the thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and tomatoes.
  4. Add the cooked vegetables back into the skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and crabmeat and simmer until shrimp are cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
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Shrimp Cocktail with Singapore Hot Sauce

Try Shrimp Cocktail with Singapore Hot Sauce

…because who doesn’t love shrimp cocktail at a holiday party or any time of the year for that matter? 

Food and Wine Magazine contributor Susan Feniger likes to quickly simmer raw shrimp in broth or sauté them with garlic and ginger, but you can certainly use precooked shrimp to save time. This sweet-and-spicy sauce was inspired by the ones Feniger sampled at street stalls throughout Singapore.

Recipe Credit: Ceil Kohl as published by foodandwine.com.

For those times when the classic cocktail sauce is not enough, here are some awesome new twists to enjoy this holiday season. Of course, you know that they fresher the shrimp, the better the appetizer!

1. Add more seafood
Consider Including scallops and stone-crab claws, then tweak the cocktail sauce by replacing the ketchup bottled chile sauce and seasoning it with prepared horseradish.

2. Wrap shrimp in bacon
Marinate jumbo shrimp in chile-garlic oil, then wrap with bacon and grill.  Serve with a house-made cocktail sauce that’s spiked with a horseradish At Motts Channel Seafood stock several “tried and true” brands (and we’re working on a house sauce…stay tuned in 2018)

3. Grill shrimp with herbal skewers
Using sticks of rosemary instead of metal skewers imparts terrific flavor to grilled shrimp.

4. Amp up the heat
Jalapeño adds smoky flavor to any shrimp cocktail dish.

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  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the ginger and cook over moderately low heat until softened, 3 minutes. Add the sugar, ketchup and chile bean sauce and simmer over low heat until the sauce is thickened, 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the sauce to a blender and add 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth. With the machine on, add another 1/2 cup of water. Scrape the sauce into the saucepan and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Squeeze lemon over the shrimp and serve with the sauce and more lemon wedges.
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Grilled Oysters

Grilled oysters….YUM!

This delicious grilled oysters recipe is courtesy of Southern Living.

Every oyster season we await the “green light” that tells our fishermen it’s time to harvest. That time is now. We will do our best to keep local, fresh oysters in stock for your dinner and/or oyster roast plans.

During October on the coast, we may still have some good grilling weather ahead of us. Save the oyster roast plans until November and grill your first batch of oysters. The secret to this dish is a knockout garlic-herb butter.

So to get the season started off right, let’s work on some oyster terminology.
Tip #1: Don’t say “oyster juice,” say “liquor.”

According to BuzzFeed writer Emily Fleischaker, Oyster liquor is the natural juice inside the oyster that keeps it alive once it’s out of the water. It is unacceptable to rinse or dump that juice out of the oyster before consuming it raw. That juice is precious and should taste amazing, and that’s why it’s referred to as liquor. It should be clear, not cloudy.

Happy Oyster Season! Dig in!

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  1. Preheat grill to 450°. Pulse all ingredients (minus the oysters) in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Arrange oysters in a single layer on grill. Spoon 2 tsp. butter mixture into each oyster; grill, uncovered, 7 minutes or until edges curl.
  3. Broiled Oysters: Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 inches from heat. Prepare recipe as directed, placing oysters in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan.
  4. Broil 4 minutes or until edges curl and butter drips over the shell.
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Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque

Try this Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque Recipe! As summer turns to fall, and our meals change to include heartier fare, seafood soups make it a seamless, savory transition. They’re light yet satisfying, deeply flavorful, and fresh.

Seafood soups and stews are so versatile. You can incorporate a variety of fish and shellfish in one recipe to create complex tastes. Combining mild whitefish with robust shellfish like shrimp or clams creates a rich blend of flavor. Add an assortment of fresh vegetables and simple herbs, and there are endless combinations for seafood soups that can lead us into fall and through the winter with cozy, crave-able meals.

So break out your biggest bowls and spoon up some delicious eats. Start here at Motts Channel Seafood.

It’s a little more than a 30-minute meal, but well, well worth the effort.  Plus, this makes an enormous batch, so it’s great for serving a crowd or yummy leftovers.  A must-try during squash season!!

Recipe Credit: www.gimmesomeoven.com

Yields 6 cups of soup

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  1. Prepare roasted garlic while you prepare the veggies.
  2. In a large (at least 5 quart) stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add butternut squash, onions, carrots, celery and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cups of broth, reserving the rest. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is very tender (about 30 minutes).
  4. Add the half-and-half (or milk) and puree the mixture with an immersion blender until very smooth (or blend in batches in blender and return to pan). Thin with remaining broth if desired. Fold in the crabmeat and sage.
  5. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve.
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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

This Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers recipe is a simple, fresh recipe perfect for September grill outs. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Who doesn’t love the taste of smoky, seared skewers hot off the grill? A barbecue favorite, skewers are fun and mess-free eats for adult and kids.

Although shrimp is often the “go to” seafood to skewer, just about any fresh fish or seafood can be added to a skewer.

Wood or Metal? Metal skewers don’t catch fire and you can reuse them indefinitely.  But many prefer wood skewers and that’s ok, too! Just don’t forget to soak them for 30 minutes (it not they’ll burn on the grill)

Small pieces of seafood have lots of surface area, so whatever you coat them with—whether it’s a marinade, a spice rub, or a baste—has a huge impact and lends complex, well-developed flavor to quick-cooking protein.

Motts Channel Seafood stocks a wide varsity of products to help crank up the flavor. “Stick” with us and dinner will be a delight!

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Recipe Credit: Laura Calder, The Food Network

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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers
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  1. Skewer the shrimp, with zucchini slices ribboned in between each piece.
  2. Stir together the olive oil, pepper flakes, mint, and salt in a glass casserole. Lay in the skewers, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to marinate, turning once or twice.
  3. Cook on the grill until the shrimp are pink and the zucchini striped with grill marks, three to five minutes per side.
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Crab and Cantaloupe Salad with Ginger and Mint Dressing

Cantaloupe with seafood? Yes, please!

With many of us only getting as far as squeezing some fresh lemon juice on our fried calamari or a freshly grilled fillet, the prospect of a fish-and-fruit combination recipe can seem a bit out of your culinary comfort zone.

We think cantaloupe and crab are a perfect combination.

The saltiness of seafood combined with the sweetness of fresh, sweet or citrusy fruits can prove particularly effective and refreshing, especially in the summer months.

Here is a delicious recipe to try.

Serves six.

Recipe Credit:  Alice Car with The New York Times

Here are five pairing suggestions you might want to try at home.

plums – tuna
blackberries – shrimp
peach –  salmon
mango – scallops
melon – crab

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  1. If using coconut, heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spread the shavings on a baking sheet and toast until crisp and pale golden at the edges, tossing halfway through, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Cut the cantaloupe into thin slices. Using a vegetable peeler, pare the cucumber into long strips, discarding the core. Place on a serving platter, add red onion and mint, and toss.
  3. Finely dice half the ginger and chilies and place in a bowl. Add the lemon grass, fish sauce, lime juice, coconut cream and sugar, and whisk to blend. Taste and adjust dressing if needed; it should be fragrant, sweet, salty and sour.
  4. To assemble: Scatter the crab on the salad and spoon the dressing over it. Top with remaining ginger and chilies, coconut, if using, and peanuts. Serve immediately.
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Baja Style Fish Tacos

Tacos de pescado (“fish tacos“) originated in Baja California in Mexico, where they consist of grilled or fried fish, lettuce or cabbage, pico de gallo, and a sour cream or citrus/mayonnaise sauce, all placed on top of a corn or flour tortilla.

If you’ve never tried a fish taco, you’re in for a real treat. Fish tacos provide a traditional Mexican food taste that is a bit off the beaten path. Savory and versatile, fish tacos are best when they are made from fresh, local fish such as grouper, mahi-mahi, sheepshead, and flounder. They can also be topped with just about anything you can imagine.

Ready to try making fish tacos at home? This one is about as authentic as it gets.
Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid and The Food Network.

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Beer Batter
Cream Sauce
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For the Beer Batter:
  1. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually add in the beer while whisking. Set aside and let the batter rest for 15 minutes before using.
For Cream Sauce:
  1. Add the mayonnaise and crema to a medium bowl. Whisk in the lemon zest, lemon juice and water. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (can be made 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated).
For the Fish:
  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach a depth of 1-inch. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F or when the end of a wooden spoon sizzles when inserted into the oil.
  2. On a large plate, combine the flour and salt. Season the fish pieces all over with salt and pepper and coat with the flour. Working in batches, dip the fillets in the beer batter and coat on both sides. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Make tacos with the tortillas and fish and top each with cream, shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapenos, if desired.
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Firecracker

Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

An Appetizer With Firecracker Power!

Google “Firecracker Shrimp” and you will be busy scrolling through hundreds of different incarnations of this dish. It all depends on exactly how “spicy” you want it and how fresh the seafood purchase.

The reason we love this fun, fresh, spicy and very delicious recipe is because the ingredients are so simple and who doesn’t almost always have a packet of Eggroll/Springroll wrappers in the freezer? Always start your fish and seafood meals with the fresh items you can find everyday at Motts Channel Seafood.

This can be served as an appetizer or double it up with some tasty sides and call it dinner…it’s all good to us!

Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

Recipe courtesy of steamykitchen.com.

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For Marinade
Cornstarch "paste"
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Instructions
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in bowl, marinate shrimp for 20 minutes.
  2. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Wrap each shrimp in a eggroll/springroll wrapper half. (see instructions above) Seal with cornstarch paste.
  3. Fry in hot oil (375) for 3 minutes, until golden brown and shrimp is cooked through. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

The reason we love this dish so much is because the ingredients are so simple and who doesn't almost always have a packet of Eggroll/Springroll wrappers in the freezer? Always start your  fish and seafood meals with the fresh items you can find everyday at Motts Channel Seafood. Want more great recipes like this?  Visit Alison's Recipe Box by

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Shrimp and Avocado Puff Pasty Shells

Enjoy these Puff Pastry Shells.

Just about anything in puff pastry shells looks delicious. In Europe these are called these vol-au-vents (French for “blown in the wind” because of their lightness). Here in North Carolina we call them the perfect Mother’s Day meal addition. They are elegant yet very easy to put together. With a little help from the grocery store using pre-made pastry shells, they can be filled with shrimp or really any of your seafood favorites. Serves twelve.

Recipe and photo credit: Realhousemoms.com.

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  1. Bake the pre-made pastry shells according to the package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Set 12 shrimp aside for garnish.
  3. To a food processor add the remaining shrimp and pulse until they are broken up.
  4. Add the avocado, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, chives, dill, cilantro, salt and pepper and pulse until smooth.
  5. Fill a piping bag with the filling and pipe into the cups.
  6. Top each with 1 cooked shrimp and small sprig of fresh dill.
Recipe Notes

Just about anything in puff pastry shells looks delicious. In Europe these are called these vol-au-vents (French for “blown in the wind” because of their lightness). Here in North Carolina we call them the perfect Mother's Day meal addition. They are elegant yet very easy to put together. With a little help from the grocery store using pre-made pastry shells, they can be filled with shrimp or really any of your seafood favorites. Serves twelve.

Recipe and photo credit: Realhousemoms.com.

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Irish Scallop Bisque

Irish Scallop Bisque

Here is a wonderful recipe for Irish Scallop Bisque.

According to beyondmeresustenance.com, a bisque is traditionally a cream and shellfish based soup of French origin. The mirepoix base in this one really bumps up the flavor, and the use of prepared shellfish stock makes this quick and easy. The author strongly recommends using an immersion blender to purée the soup as pouring hot soup into a blender is messy and can be dangerous.

Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It’s perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad…

If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.

Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com.

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Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It's perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad.... If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/
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Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It's perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad.... If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/
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  1. Ingredients: 8 large, fresh Motts Channel Seafood scallops olive oil to drizzle 1 quart seafood stock (4 cups) - click here for any easy recipe 3 stalks celery 2 medium carrots 1 large potato russet preferred 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon tomato paste 1 cup dry white wine (see notes) 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 tablespoon fresh 1 cup half and  half fresh chives for garnish sea salt and fresh ground pepper  Instructions 1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter and sauté over medium heat the onion, carrots, celery and potato. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dry white wine and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes. Slowly add seafood stock, bay leaves and thyme. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.
  3.   3. Turn off the heat, remove celery stalks, bay leaves and thyme and puree the mixture with a blender until smooth. Return the bisque to low heat, add half and half, stirring. Adjust salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat olive oil until very hot but not smoking. Sear scallops about 2 minute on each side. Remove and set aside.
  5. 5. Serve the bisque in bowls, adding scallops on top and sprinkle with some fresh chopped chives
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Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

Drago’s Style Charbroiled Oysters

The world celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday and with the Winter oyster season nearing its end we thought we’d share a New Orleans inspired recipe we think you’ll love that involves charbroiled oysters…yum!

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant officially opened in February 1969 in Metairie, Louisiana. Owners Drago and Klara Cvitanovich are part of a close-knit Croatian community that has thrived in New Orleans since the 1800s.

Drago Cvitanovich has been the oyster king of New Orleans for four decades. Like most other people in the oyster business, he was a Croatian immigrant. When he opened his restaurant in the 1970s, he kept his ties with his countrymen down the river, and as a result always had the best oysters available.

Drago’s son Tommy, who now runs the restaurant, created this dish in the early 1990s. It became wildly popular, and restaurants all over town now copy the dish. It’s simple enough.  Don’t attempt this without freshly-shucked oysters and an outdoor grill.

Yields 6 oysters (consider doubling or tripling as needed).

Posted February 27 2017

Recipe published online at www.nolacuisine.com. For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.

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6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Charbroiled
Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters
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Servings
6 pieces
Servings
6 pieces
Ingredients
The Sauce
The Oysters
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. For the sauce: Mix together all of the ingredients. For the oysters: Mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill until very, very hot. Place the oysters on the hottest spot on the grill and let them cook in their own juices for a few minutes, just until they start to bubble and the edges curl.
  3. Top each with a generous portion of the sauce, enough to fill up the shell. When the sauce starts to bubble and sizzle sprinkle each oyster with about a Tbsp of Pecorino Romano. Let the Oysters go until the sauce on the edges of the shells gets nice and brown.
  4. Garnish with minced Parsley.
  5. Serve while still sizzling with Lemon wedges and fresh bread.
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Quick Shrimp Chowder

Quick Shrimp Chowder

This shrimp chowder offers a fast, easy and delicious meal idea that can refuel all you tired shoppers. Comfort food at its finest!

Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Serves 6

If you are looking for delicious new recipes for your fresh fish or seafood purchase, look no further than Alison Long, co-owner of Motts Channel Seafood. She’s opened up her multi-generation recipe box, and has partnered with local culinary experts, to bring you some dinner inspiration.

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Quick Shrimp Chowder
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6 people
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6 people
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Quick Shrimp Chowder
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Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pour broth into a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave at MEDIUM-HIGH 1 minute. Combine broth, thyme, and black pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, and simmer.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add carrot, onion, and celery; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add flour, stirring with a whisk. Stir carrot mixture and shrimp into broth mixture; cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in cream; cover and simmer 4 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Here is a fast, easy and delicious meal idea that can refuel all you tired shoppers.

Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Serves 6

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 Roasted Oysters with Pancetta + Breadcrumbs

Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs

For easy prep this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won’t want to forget these are baking away while you’re greeting guests.

Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit:  John Autry

Serves 6

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 Roasted Oysters with Pancetta + Breadcrumbs
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For easy preppy this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests. Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry Serves 6
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
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 Roasted Oysters with Pancetta + Breadcrumbs
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For easy preppy this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests. Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit: John Autry Serves 6
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 24 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Combine nuts and bread in a mini food processor; process until coarsely ground.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta and sauté for 2 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in pine nut mixture, parsley, and black pepper.
  5. Carefully arrange oysters in a single layer on a broiler pan, and spoon 1 tablespoon bread mixture onto each oyster.
  6. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes or until oysters are opaque.
  7. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

For easy prep this Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumb recipe, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests.

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Recipe published by Cooking Light. Photo Credit:  John Autry

Serves 6

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Pumpkin Oyster Soup

Pumpkin Oyster Soup

We couldn’t let “Pumpkin Season” go by without sharing a seafood dish that incorporates this delicious fall treat. This soup is sure to warm you on a crisp fall day.

For more delicious seafood recipe ideas visit Alison’s recipe box by clicking here.

Recipe published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Pumpkin Oyster Soup
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Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
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Pumpkin Oyster Soup
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Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Reserving liquor, drain oysters; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion and cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring so that flour browns but does not burn, about 1 minute longer.
  3. With a whisk, beat in stock, half-and-half, pumpkin purée and reserved oyster liquor. Add oysters and, stirring frequently, bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Making sure there are two oysters in each, ladle soup into shallow bowls.
  5. Garnish with chives and bacon.
Recipe Notes

Pumpkin Oyster Soup

We couldn't let "Pumpkin Season" go by without sharing a seafood dish that incorporates this delicious fall treat. This soup is sure to warm you on a crisp fall day.

For more delicious seafood recipe ideas visit Alison's recipe box by clicking here.

Recipe published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
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This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is for those that want to add some bold flavors to their traditional cocktail sauce. Recipe and photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
mexican shrimp cocktail Motts Channel Seafood
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
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This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is for those that want to add some bold flavors to their traditional cocktail sauce. Recipe and photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com
Servings
6 servings
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Stir garlic, red onion, and cilantro. Mix in tomato and clam juice cocktail, ketchup, lime juice, hot pepper sauce, and horseradish. Season with salt. Gently stir in avocado.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Serve in one large bowl or ladle into individual bowls.
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Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches

Super easy. Extra delicious. Great for parties both indoor and out.

Recipe adaptation and photo credit:  Natasha’s Kitchen via yummily.com

Makes 21 sandwiches.
canape shrimp mottos recipe
Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches
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21 sandwiches
Servings
21 sandwiches
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Cheesy Shrimp Tea Sandwiches
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Servings
21 sandwiches
Servings
21 sandwiches
Ingredients
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Rinse the cooked shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. Peel shrimp and coarsely chop into small peaces. Transfer shrimp to a medium bowl.
  2. Chop parsley and dill, mince garlic and transfer to the mixing bowl. Add in the rest of your spread ingredients: 1 cup cheese, ½ cup mayo. Stir it all together and you have your spread.
  3. Cut your bread into ½-inch slices. Spread the mixture generously over the bread slices, place it in the oven at 350˚F to melt the cheese and sizzle the shrimp a tad (8-10 minutes).
  4. To serve: you can jazz these up by adding a sautéed shrimp over the top, but its completely unnecessary and just as good without it 😉
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10-Minute Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese Dip

10-Minute Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese Dip
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This is a new, ultra flavorful take on an old favorite - shrimp instead of wings. This dish cooks up even faster than wings for a fast appetizer or dinner option. Enjoy! Recipe credit:  Food.com as adapted from Redbook Magazine Image credit: Chef #1323213
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
10-Minute Buffalo Shrimp With Blue Cheese Dip
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This is a new, ultra flavorful take on an old favorite - shrimp instead of wings. This dish cooks up even faster than wings for a fast appetizer or dinner option. Enjoy! Recipe credit:  Food.com as adapted from Redbook Magazine Image credit: Chef #1323213
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine first six ingredients to make blue cheese dip; cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp, tossing to coat.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil, butter and hot sauce. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle blue cheese dip with parsley; serve with shrimp.
  5. Serve with carrot and celery sticks on side if desired.
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Oysters with a Classic Mignonette

Oysters with a Classic Mignonette
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Oysters with a Classic Mignonette
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups Mignonette 25 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Let this mixture rest for 20 minutes to slightly soften shallots.
  2. Serve this on the side with a small spoon. This vinegar mixture makes about 1¾ cups and can be made a week in advance.
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Smoky Salmon and Green Chile Party Dip

Smoky Salmon and Green Chile Party Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Smoky Salmon and Green Chile Party Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 10 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, process the cottage cheese until smooth. Add the cream cheese and whip until thoroughly combined and creamy.
  2. Transfer the cheese mix to a bowl. Fold in the salmon, green chiles, Old Bay, garlic powder, smoke seasoning, and about 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  3. Taste the dip; add more smoke 1-2 drops at a time until the desired flavor is reached (it's very easy to overdo it, so be cautious.) Add more black pepper, if desired.
  4. Chill at least 30 minutes. Garnish with finely chopped chives or dill (fresh or dried) before serving.
Recipe Notes

Look for a liquid smoke that has an absolute minimum of ingredients -- usually just water, natural smoke flavoring, and a preservative (a small amount of coloring is acceptable, if necessary.) Two excellent brands are Wright's and Haddon.

 

Recipe Credit: Doug DuCap.  Photo Credit:  Food.com

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Shrimp Deviled Eggs

Shrimp Deviled Eggs
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Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Deviled Eggs