Kingklip with Chipotle Butter and Polenta
Earlier this week I was totally craving fish... so I made my merry way to the store to see what looked good, and there I spied a mystery fish, "Kingklip" at a modest price, so I snagged some. A little bit of research taught me that this is one fugly fish, a type of cusk eel. Wikipedia FTW.
I dug up a recipe for chipotle butter on epicurious that looked easy enough... and simply lightly floured and pan fried the fish(thank you Amanda for teaching me the secret to knowing when to flip the fish!!)
I am also on a mission to bring Dave around to Polenta... or as we call it in the south, grits. I love grits... and it is the only thing I think I've found that Dave just doesnt care for!! This can't be! My culinary partner-in-crime slash guinea pig has an aversion to a foodstuff! A foodstuff as versatile as sweet lovely hominy! OH NOES!
So I made some anyways.
I'm going to try to remember this recipe for you guys since I was basically winging it.. with the exception of the chipotle butter, which was:
1/2 stick softened butter
2 minced chipotle peppers from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, plus 2 tsp of the adobo sauce.
Combine all ingredients.
Damnit that was hard, I hope I never have to do THAT again.
As for the polenta.... I roughly followed the instructions on the back of the bag, taking some liberties and adding a few things... but if I remember right it was about 1 cup corn meal, 2.5 cups milk, 1 cup water, 1/4 stick butter.... but you might want to double check your brands bag if you decide to make this... just follow the manufacture instructions mmkay? To this I added 1/4 diced onion, some powdered adobo seasoning (1 tbsp?), 1 chopped scallion, 1 minced garlic clove (ssshhh dont tell Dave), and a generous handful of shredded cheddar. I let this thicken up.. stirring like mad to try to remove clumps, until it was nice and creamy... I have no recollection of how long this took since I as doing like 4 other things at the same time... maybe 15 mins? Ahh the madness of it all when I'm not following an exact recipe!
So I served this with the polenta spread on the bottom, a few mystery veg (boiled) from the Asian market (they taste like gai lahn, but theyre not), fish, topped with the chipotle butter. It was gooood. =)