What's Cooking: Slow Food Rocky Mountain region guv Matt Jones takes us tailgating

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Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them, and cook up a feast.

This month, Pete and Barb are taking a break from their own recipes. Instead, they're tailgating with Matt Jones, regional governor of the Slow Food Rocky Mountain region, and the creator of all of our December recipes. "Come rain or shine, Matt is always out there setting up a tent, a small wood grill, two propane burners and, of course, a bar at the Denver Bronco games," says Barb. "We had soup, ceviche and fish tacos, and for dessert, Matt took oranges that he'd peeled, sliced and flambeed in Grand Marnier and served them over Sara Lee pound cake," Barb explains. Jones chooses his menu according to which team the Broncos are playing. When he put together this menu, the Broncos played the San Diego Chargers (ick), which was his inspiration for today's fish tacos recipe.

Fish Tacos de San Diego
(Serves 5-6)

White Sauce

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 teaspoon minced capers or sour pickles
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Batter:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup Stone IPA ale

Fish fry:

1 quart oil for frying
1 pound wahoo (ono) cut to 1.5-2 oz. portions lengthwise
1 12-ounce package corn tortillas
1/2 medium head cabbage, finely shredded

Directions

To make white sauce:

In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and mayonnaise. Gradually stir in fresh lime juice until consistency is slightly runny. Add jalapeno, capers, oregano, cumin, dill and cayenne.

To make batter:

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. Whisk egg and beer together, then lightly stir into the flour.

To fry fish:

Heat oil in cast iron skillet to 375 degrees. Dip fish pieces into beer batter, and fry until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place fried fish in a slightly warmed or lightly fried tortilla, and top with shredded cabbage and white sauce.



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