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Seafood is favorite of mine and grouper is in the tops for fish I would order. But I have never had a piece of grouper cheek.
We try new recipes all the time. Occasionally we have a new food item that appears in a dish or as the centerpiece of the meal. Doug has eaten grouper checks before but for me...a new experience.
The man at Southern Seafood told us when fishermen come in they used to put the cheeks aside for themselves. They are that good. Grouper is a wonderful fish to grill...or cook in any number of ways, but the cheeks...wow. I was in for a treat.
FYI - Southern Seafood is where we try and purchase all of our seafood...so fresh...and it's a local business. We support local businesses whenever we can..
Start a charcoal grill and prepare your fish. Doug put just a bit of Tuscan olive oil and basic salt and pepper on the cheeks. These were about 3 inches thick, very white fleshed fish, very heavy in the palm.
In the meantime, I am roasting potato wedges, drizzled with that great Tuscan olive oil and parsley and salt AND trying out a green bean recipe from an Italian cookbook I have just procured from the local library. ( Williams Sonoma puts out some mighty fine cookbooks.)
This all came together beautifully...............the icy cold Chardonnay to quench us in this terrible heat, the sun-dried tomatoes slickly threading into the green beans...a fresh loaf of bread and best of all..........fork tender grouper cheeks. They cut through with a fork as if they were made of butter.
Great meal and the bonus on this is, the grouper cheeks were seriously cheap. Those two large fillets were had for $5.20. It was a steal.
Anyone else have a new taste sensation lately? I haven't been around to visit as much, as a matter of fact, I wasn't online all weekend. Hope to see you soon :-)
Also, let us hope this unbearable heat breaks soon. I am aching to wear a new Fall jacket and take off on a long, long motorcycle trip. C'mon fall!!!!
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