Just cause the weather in NY is not obeying the calendar (snow on the third day of spring? Come on…) doesn’t mean dinner has to join in the rebellion. Perhaps if we all assemble my family’s favorite warm-weather sandwich, the fried fish BLT (or for Abby: Just a BLT) then we will collectively woo the Gods of spring to cooperate.
Fried Fish BLT
Makes 4 Sandwiches
Over medium heat, fry 6-8 pieces of bacon in a skillet until crisp. Set aside and wipe down skillet so just a little fat remains. Meanwhile, add about 1/2 cup cornmeal to a plate and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a little cayenne. Increase skillet heat to medium-high. Slice up 2 large flounder filets (about 1 pound) into sandwich-size pieces, dip in milk (as shown), then press into seasoned cornmeal to coat. As you coat each piece, add to the skillet and fry about 2 minutes a side. Set aside on same plate as bacon. As fish fries, prep your toppings: avocado slices, lettuce, tomatoes, tartar sauce. Assemble sandwiches as shown on a whole wheat buns.
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I laid down a few rules for myself before I started this website. No using that word that starts with “food” and ends in “i-e.” No going into detail about things like the interplay between quince paste and aged gouda. No fetishizing. No buying into the whole two-week ramp frenzy that takes over farmers markets and f–dies this time of year. (Aren’t there more important things to get excited about, like, for instance my daughter’s 15-second solo in the 2nd Grade Songfest last week? I’m sorry. I’m sorry. No bragging should probably also be a rule. I’m sorry! I’m sorry!)
But the thing is, I do happen to love those wild, earthy, oniony ramps — mostly because, like daffodils and magnolia trees, they are one of those first fleeting signifiers of spring. And probably also because I don’t actually have to personally partake in the frenzy. The frenzy — how’s this for lucky? — comes to me! Every year, my friend Yolanda (that’s her kick-ass family travel blog, Travels with Clara, over there in my blogroll) shows up on my doorstep or in my office carrying a bouquet of them like a prom date with a corsage. This year, she met me on a busy corner of Soho just to hand me my share of the ramp bounty that is her Catskills backyard. So what am I supposed to do…not get excited? I didn’t. Honest. I just sauteed the things in olive oil, fried some fish, and played it cool.
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