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Smoked White Fish Carcass

Allfrog68 Oct 17, 2009 10:27 AM

I bought a smoked white fish from Costco last week. It was pretty good and I've used it in many things. I was wondering if the Chowhounds have ideas for the carcass, bones & skin. I love making soups. I was thinking maybe a fish stew where I boil the carcass and get broth and a little meat. Maybe mix that with a potatoe based soup concoction. Any other ideas?

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    fourunder RE: Allfrog68 Oct 17, 2009 11:10 AM

    As much as I love whitefish....the thought of a smoked fish stew seems unpleasant to both the mind and nose.... that is, at least for me.

    1. shaogo RE: Allfrog68 Oct 17, 2009 11:14 AM

      Smokey flavors certainly are a good match for potatoes! I've never cooked with a smoked fish carcass, but don't see why a modest amount of smoked fish bones, perhaps supplemented with some chicken bones, can't make a nice stock to start a chowder with. I look forward to hearing from the OP about what was done.

      1. Cherylptw RE: Allfrog68 Oct 17, 2009 12:07 PM

        I love to make soups too, in fact, I made two this week.....The idea of smoked fish stew sounds delish, but not sure how well chicken bones would go with (no offense) I'd stay with the fish bones and add the potatoes & other veggies; perhaps chunks of other fish and/or seafood to give it some balance of flavors.

        Another way to make the soup would be to do a potato or other veg soup with fish stock & use the whitefish to make dumplings to drop in. You could fry up or bake the skins to make crispy croutons to garnish your soup. Away from the soup is to use the bits & pieces of the carcass to make a stuffing for another fish, which would add to the flavor, then simmer the bones until condensed to make a rich broth to spoon over the fish.

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