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Fried Seafood Platter

Fried Seafood Platter
When foods are deep-fried properly, they absorb minimal oil. For successful frying, bring the oil to the specified temperature, checking it with a deep-frying thermometer. Dont overcrowd the pan, which will quickly lower the temperature; this will cause the food to absorb oil and to cook unevenly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 russet potatoes, about 1 lb. total, peeled
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 cod fillets, each about 4 oz.
  • 8 scallops
  • 1⁄2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups tartar sauce (see related recipe at left)
  • 2 lemons, quartered

Directions:

Line 1 baking sheet with a kitchen towel and another with paper towels.

Using a mandoline with the waffle-cut attachment, cut each potato as thinly as possible, turning it 90° after each pass to create a waffle pattern. Carefully place the potato slices in a bowl of cold water. Transfer the slices to the towel-lined baking sheet and blot dry.

In a deep fryer or a large saucepan over medium heat, pour in oil to a depth of 2 inches and heat to 375ºF on a deep-frying thermometer.

Working in batches, fry the potato slices, turning once, until golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs, carefully transfer the potato chips to the paper towel-lined baking sheet and season with sea salt.

Reduce the oil temperature to 365ºF. Preheat an oven to 200ºF. Line 1 baking sheet with parchment paper and another with paper towels.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and cornmeal and stir with a fork until well mixed. Pour the buttermilk into a wide, shallow bowl. Working in batches, dredge the cod, scallops and shrimp in the buttermilk and then in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Working in batches (do not overcrowd the pan), fry the cod until golden brown and crunchy, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the paper towel-lined baking sheet and season the fish with sea salt, then keep warm in the oven. Repeat the process with the scallops, frying them for 3 to 4 minutes. Finally, fry the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the fish immediately with the potato chips, tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
Serves 4.
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