HELLO everyone!! I'm a HUGE fan of Shark Week on TDC and as I looked at all those brave survivors of shark attacks, I decided to exact "revenge'"* in my own small way. I live in the Caribbean and a very popular dish is shark and bake (or bake and shark, whichever floats your boat). I don't know how many of you have ever dreamed of such a meal, much less tasted it, but trust me on this....it will most likely be THE best fish sandwich you have ever eaten. I kid you not. Still not convinced? Short description: imagine a crisp fried bread around a tasty breaded shark filet or two, all smothered in a tangy cilantro sauce...my mouth is already watering:)) Okay, enough intro- now to the meaty part (pun intended)..the recipes. This is my mother's recipe..
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cold vegetable shortening
2 tbsp cold butter
3/4 cup water (may be a little more)
Enough vegetable oil for deep frying
- Sift together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder. Add yeast and sugar to sifted dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Cut cold shortening and butter into flour mixture until the butters resemble small peas.
- Add water slowly while mixing well. You may need to add a bit more water to the dough if the mixture is too dry. The dough should be moist, not sticky.
- Knead dough for about 2 minutes until elastic.
- Place in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth and set aside for 1/2 hour for dough to rise.
- When dough has risen remove from bowl and place on floured surface. Punch down. Preheat oil for frying in deep fryer or heavy frying pan.
- Divide dough in half. Divide each half in half again. Continue this process until you have eight evenly sized pieces.
- Roll each piece into a ball about 2-3 inches in diameter. Using a rollling pin, roll each ball into a circle 1/4 inch thickness.
- Drop rolled dough into hot oil CAREFULLY, dropping away from you. Dough should "puff up" and float to the surface. Fry 3-4 minutes until lightly browned.
- Drain on paper towels and keep warm until you have fried all the dough.
Now onto the shark... you will need:
1 lb shark, either filleted or cut into serving sized pieces
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced chives and thyme
1 tbsp lime/lemon juice, fresh or bottled
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup all purpose flour for dredging, seasoned with salt, black pepper, and some cayenne pepper to taste
about 1 cup vegetable oil for frying shark
- Place shark pieces in a bowl and sprinkle lime/lemon juice over them. Mix well, leave for about 2-3 minutes, then rinse with fresh water. Drain washed pieces well.
- Season fish well with garlic, chives, thyme, salt, and black pepper. If you like it hot(wink wink) you can add a few drops hot sauce to this as well.
- Dredge fish a few pieces at a time in seasoned flour and fry in hot oil.
- Cook pieces for about 5- 8 min per side, depending on thickness.
- Drain thoroughly on paper towels.
- Keep warm until ready to serve.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER!!
Okay,so the hard part is over...time to enjoy. Split each bake and place a shark filet inside. You can use your favorite tartar sauce, garlic sauce, hot sauce or a combination of all three. A couple slices of tomato and a lettuce leaf as well usually convinces me that it is a healthy meal. It definitely is delicious!!
PS- cilantro sauce is the bomb with this as well. To make this, simply grind a bunch of cilantro with the juice of 1 lime, salt to taste and enough water to make a sauce. Stores well in the fridge.
* Hey, just kidding. I would never endorse or approve of harming any animal.