Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wahoo Crostini

     Wahoo is the the largest member of the Mackerel fish family and they can weigh more than 150 pounds.  Wahoo are also the fastest swimming predators in the sea.  Wahoo are a warm salt water fish that are usually caught in tropical waters caught where billfish swim.  One of the best fisheries for wahoo is the east coast of Florida.
     Smoker King Mackeral?  The phrase "Smoker King Mackeral" refers to how hard and fast that a King Mackerel can strip the fishing line completely off of a fishing reel.   When using medium salt water tackle, the chances are that a King Mackerel will unwind the line so fast, that the fishing reel will literally start smoking!  Amazingly enough, a Wahoo can unwind a fishing reel even faster than a King Mackerel!  Wahoo can literally cause a heavy duty salt water fishing reel to go up in flames!

     Wahoo meat is a gourmet delicacy.  The meat is white in color and the flavor is lighter than Marlin or Swordfish.  Wahoo Steaks are perfect for chargrilling.
     Wahoo is usually sold fresh locally near the fishery where it was caught, but recently Wahoo has been marketed as a canned product, like tuna.  I purchased a can of Wahoo just to see what the quality was like.  Canned Wahoo is a very clean, nice looking canned fish. 
     All billfish are low in numbers.  Because certain Wahoo fisheries have serious sustainability issues, always check the source and the sustainability status before making a purchase.  There are seafood sustainability websites that make being a responsible consumer easy to do.

     Wahoo Salad is made like a fancy Tuna Salad.  Wahoo Salad is a nice topping for crostini and the name inspires guests to take interest.  When a tray of Wahoo crostini are passed around during a New Years Eve party, the guests naturally start yelling Wahoo!

     Wahoo Crostini:  
     This recipe yields about 6 crostini.
     If no canned Wahoo is available for today's recipe, then poach, chill and flake about 4 1/2 ounces of fresh Wahoo. 
     Step 1:  Drain the liquid off of 5 ounces of canned wahoo.
     Step 2:  Place the wahoo meat in a mixing bowl.
     Add 2 teaspoons of minced shallot.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic.
     Add 1 teaspoon of minced Italian Parsley.
     Add 1 pinch of oregano.
     Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
     Add 2 pinches of sea salt and white pepper .
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
     Step 3:  Add just enough mayonnaise to bind the ingredients together.  (About 3 tablespoons.)
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Set the Wahoo Salad aside.
     Step 4:  Cut 6 slices of baguette bread that are 1/4" thick.
     Brush the bread with olive oil.
     Place the bread slices on a baking pan.
     Bake the crostini in a 300ºF oven till they are crisp and they are a light golden color.
     Remove the crostini from the oven.
     Step 5:  Place a dollop of the wahoo salad mixture on each crostini.  (About 1 1/2 tablespoons.)
     Return the pan to the oven.
     Bake for about 1 to 2 minutes, so the wahoo salad warms and becomes aromatic.
     Step 6:  Place the wahoo crostini on a serving platter.
     Garnish each crostini with an Italian Parsley leaf.
     A gourmet crostini appetizer with a funny name!  These are some nice tasting crostini.  Wahoo!

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