“Big Scampi…these are just big-assed Scampi right”?
That kinda logic is pretty hard to argue with and it’s an observation made by a buddy of mine on these Monkfish Goujons…and, well he’s bang on the money – these are big-assed scampi!
It’s hard to imagine that Monkfish ‘back in the day’ (circ 1976) was almost entirely destined to be turned into scampi…. nothing more, nothing less. When the late 80’s and 90’s circled into view the poor bugger ended up exclusively wrapped in Parma ham and roasted with Rosemary, continually! Everywhere you looked, every menu there it was – Roasted Monkfish with Parma ham and cherry tomatoes…yawn.
My preference is the first incarnation – lightly breaded, herbed, cheesed and dunked in a really good tartar…but then I’m pretty bias, I grew up on this stuff!
WHAT YOU NEED: Serves 2
1 full Monkfish tail (medium sized and boned)
1 bag of fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg beaten with a splash of milk
200 grams plain flour
2 tbs fresh chopped Rosemary
100 grams fresh grated Parmesan
Salt and black pepper
Veg oil for shallow frying
HOW YOU DO IT
Step1: Kick off by combining the Parmesan, Rosemary and breadcrumbs
Step2: Set up your egg-wash, flour and mixed bread crumbs in 3 separate dishes. Rule of thumb here – one hand for wet and one for dry.
Step3: Cut the monkfish into goujons (fish fingers to you and me!) season them well then dredge through the flour, egg then bread crumb mix twice – makes for extra crispy Goujons.
Step4: Simply set aside in the fridge to set for about 10 minutes and get on with the Tartar sauce.
for the Tartar Sauce
4 tbs mayo
1 tbs capers
1 hard boiled egg
2 tbs white wine vinegar
Bunch of freshly chopped parsley
for the Tartar Sauce
Step5: Easy stuff here – roughly chop parsley, capers, egg and gerkins and combine with the mayo and white wine vinegar. Option here is to add chopped dill – I do these occasionally so this is mood dependent!
Step6: To cook the Goujons simply bring the oil up to speed – about 180c and in batches shallow fry the Monkfish until golden brown and serve immediately with the Tartar sauce.
Fat assed chips with fat assed scampi is your own call…….but it would be a good one 😉
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