Posts Tagged ‘Fish and Seafood’

Meddling with a Muddle

mud·dle

verb (used with object)

1.

to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.
2.

to cause to become mentally confused
 
When I read “seafood muddle”, I was mentally confused. I had never heard of a “muddle” in the culinary sense. But stick  food as an adjective in front of it, and now it’s intriguing. One could think that it would be something like a paella with different types of seafood and some rice, but the Carolinas have something else in mind. They start with bacon…lots of bacon. How can anything be bad with an opening like that?
 
Then the ingredients take a turn toward healthy: thyme, celery, carrot, onion — ding/ding, a mirepoux..the French holy trinity adopted by southerners. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Bacon-Infused-Carolina-Fish-Muddle-388690. The leeks and parsley and potatoes make it sound like a heavy soup is on the horizon, but no.
 
 Behold the bed of grits that this confusion rests on like a cloud. The bass and the grouper and the shrimp are muddled together with all this earthiness and then, another sharp turn leads right to the arteries: It gets topped off with a few slices of oven-toasted french bread with — are you ready? — some of the collected bacon fat brushed upon them! It sounds so naughty and yet disguised with the light beauty of vegetables and fish. Oh those sneaky southerners. Thank you for confusing the heck out of me!