ENTREE: California Barracuda Burgers with Spicy Tomato Relish
1 lb. California Barracuda steaks *
4 sourdough sandwich buns
spicy tomato relish (recipe follows)
Lightly brush buns and California barracuda steaks with olive oil. Warm or toast buns on the grill then set aside to keep warm. Grill California barracuda steaks to desired doneness (10 minutes total per inch of thickness). Place on a plate and remove skin and bones. Pile grilled barracuda on one side of bun and top with spicy tomato relish. Serves 4.
Before heating, make an indentation in the bottom half of each bun by removing some of the bread. This will help keep the grilled seafood from falling out during serving and eating.
Nutrition (per serving): calories 502; protein 36 gm; carbohydrate 75 gm; fat 8.5 gm;
cholesterol not available; sodium 911 mg
* Other seasonal California seafoods may be substituted, such as California halibut, white seabass, rockfish, swordfish, shark, albacore tuna
Spicy Tomato Relish
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 jalapeno chiles, minced
1 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook uncovered until thick, about 20 minutes. Serve warm. Makes approx. 2 1/3 cups.
About California Barracuda
Thin and toothy, an ax handle with jaws, Pacific barracuda are smaller than their
Atlantic relatives and undeserving of the fierce image conjured by their name. (The California barracuda is a fighting fish on a sportsman's line, however. ) In the 1930's and 40's barracuda was among California's most popular fish at market. Full-flavored, medium-firm in texture, barracuda was often made into fish cakes. But this versatile fish fell out of fashion as the public taste turned to shark. Now abundant in California waters in late spring and summer, California barracuda await rediscovery as Californians increasingly value the health benefits of Omega-3 rich seafood.
For a new twist on an old standard, try California Barracuda Burgers with Spicy Tomato Relish. Barracuda is great on the grill, has virtually no bones (the central backbone separates easily from the flesh), and the tomato relish may be prepared ahead. Let the picnic begin!