is a gourmet treat, which my wife and I look forward to every May.
Asparagus Salad with Smoked Shad Roe
and Sorrel (Serves 8)
We picked wild blackberries, cooked turtle soup and shad roe
, and listened to Bessie Smith.
The first stop is Hominy Grill, a breakfast "joint" located near the Medical University of South Carolina, where a favorite is shad roe
sauteed with bacon and scallions, served over grits.
Finnerty keeps enough shad to use for crab and sturgeon bait and lets the rest go, preferring not to eat fried shad roe
or smoked shad, as some anglers do.
At local retail seafood stores menhaden roe is known as "shad roe
," and prices average about $5 per pound.
Nature has a way of bringing certain flavors together briefly for the better of both - new potatoes with shad roe
, or rhubarb with strawberries, for example.
Sauteed at Le Dome, one of Paris' finest seafood restaurants, it was magnificent - sweet, mild, buttery and reminiscent of shad roe
without the texture.
The appearance of shad roe
is a sure sign of spring.
Donald DesRosiers and I hope to catch a few big females for our traditional spring dinner of shad roe
. There's little more than a month to take advantage of the heaviest runs.
The Marino sisters of Dill Seafood in Bridgeton, NJ are best known for their supply of shad roe
and boned shad, which they prepare with samurai precision.
We look forward to May and June for shad roe
, striped bass, black sea bass and flounder.