Arthur Curry’s Maine Eats

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Arthur Curry (or more commonly known as Aquaman) is one of the least appreciated superheroes and there are many rants on the subject. I am not about to go on one of these rants however, suffice to say, a man who grew up on the surface world and is literally in charge of 70% of the world’s geographical area…. is someone to be reckoned with. Anyways, back to the growing up on the land. Arthur Curry traditionally was the son of a lighthouse keeper and the exiled queen of Atlantis. Arthur grew up at the lighthouse at Amnesty Bay, Maine. So I have made this menu based on what would have been typical Maine fare. Now for those who believe that Arthur would never eat fish because “he would never eat his subjects.” Take a gander at the following page of Aquamanaquaman

So as you can see, fish to aquaman must rather be like cows to humans… so with that…. on to our Fish Shack menu. Curteousy of Maine’s famous foods.

Lobster/Crab Cakes-

  • 1 pound crabmeat, picked free of shells
  • 1/3 cup crushed crackers (recommended: Ritz)
  • 3 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • Favorite dipping sauce, for serving

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and peanut oil. Shape into patties and dust with flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.

Wedge Salad-

Melina Hammer for The New York Times

  • 6 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 large head of iceberg lettuce, cut and cored into 4 wedges
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • Nutritional Information

Preparation

  1. In a large skillet set over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Lower the heat under the skillet, then stir in the flour and cook, stirring often with a spoon, until the flour is lightly browned, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water to the mixture, along with the vinegar, sugar and mustard, and allow to come to a simmer. Whisk the mixture frequently until the dressing is thick enough to resemble gravy and coat the back of a spoon, approximately 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  3. Put the iceberg wedges on plates. Drizzle with the warm dressing, and sprinkle with the bacon pieces, blue cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

Fish n Chips-

good ol’ Alton Brown

For the fries:
  • 1 gallon safflower oil
  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • Kosher salt
For the batter:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Dash Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 bottle brown beer, cold
  • 1 1/2 pounds firm-fleshed whitefish (tilapia, pollock, cod), cut into 1-ounce strips
  • Cornstarch, for dredging

Heat oven to 200 degrees F.

Heat the safflower oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat until it reaches 320 degrees.

Using a V-slicer with a wide blade, slice the potatoes with the skin on. Place in a large bowl with cold water.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Whisk in the beer until the batter is completely smooth and free of any lumps. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Note: The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead of time.

Drain potatoes thoroughly, removing any excess water. When oil reaches 320 degrees, submerge the potatoes in the oil. Working in small batches, fry for 2 to 3 minutes until they are pale and floppy. Remove from oil, drain, and cool to room temperature.

Increase the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees. Re-immerse fries and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain on roasting rack. Season with kosher salt while hot and hold in the oven.

Allow oil to return to 350 degrees. Lightly dredge fish strips in cornstarch. Working in small batches, dip the fish into batter and immerse into hot oil. When the batter is set, turn the pieces of fish over and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain the fish on the roasting rack. Serve with malt vinegar.

 

Whoopie Pies-

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Whoopie Pie Filling (see recipe below)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease baking sheets.  In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar, and egg.

In another bowl, combine cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a small bowl, stir the vanilla extract into the milk.  Add the dry ingredients to the shortening mixture, alternating with the milk mixture; beating until smooth.

Drop batter by the 1/4 cup (to make 18 cakes) onto prepared baking sheets.  With the back of a spoon spread batter into 4-inch circles, leaving approximately 2 inches between each cake.

Bake 15 minutes or until they are firm to the touch.  Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make Whoopie Pie Filling (see recipes below).

When the cakes are completely cool, spread the flat side (bottom) of one chocolate cake with a generous amount of filling.  Top with another cake, pressing down gently to distribute the filling evenly.  Repeat with all cookies to make 9 pies.  Let finished Whoopie Pies completely cool before wrapping.  Wrap Whoopie Pies individually in plastic wrap, or place them in a single layer on a platter (do not stack them, as they tend to stick).

To freeze, wrap each Whoopie Pie in plastic wrap.  Loosely pack them in a plastic freezer container and cover.  To serve, defrost the wrapped whoopie pies in the refrigerator.

Makes 9 large Whoopie Pies.

 

Final Marshmallow FluffWhoopie Pie Filling 1:

Some people prefer just using the Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar and not making the below filling. Your choice.

1 cup solid vegetable shortening*
1 1/2 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
2 cups Marshmallow Fluff**
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

* Butter may be substituted for all or part of the vegetable shortening, although traditional Whoopie Pies are made with vegetable shortening only

** Marshmallow Creme may be substituted.
In a medium bowl, beat together shortening, sugar, and Marshmallow fluff; stir in vanilla extract until well blended.

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