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Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

Watermelon Gazpacho
1 qt Watermelon, diced
1 qt watermelon juice
1 qt cantaloupe diced
1 cup Red bell pepper, diced
2 cups English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
seeded and diced
1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1, 5 oz can tomato juice

salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
In a large non-reactive bowl, mix vinegar, sugar, tomato juice , watermelon juice. Blend 1 qt . watermelon to obtain juice, add . Add diced watermelon, cantaloupe, red pepper, and cucumber. Season to taste with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with basil or mint

Braised Grouper for 4

There’s nothing like a little braised grouper melting in your mouth. This easy and delicious recipe comes from Chef David Pell at Coast Bar and Grill.

Braised Grouper
Serves four people as an entrée.
1 cup South Carolina stone ground grits
1 qt water
¼ cup half and half
4 slices cooked bacon, chopped (save the grease)
¾ cup parmesan cheese
¾ cup shredded mozzarella
Salt and pepper
Bring the water and half and half to a boil. Whisk in the grits and bring back to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to an extremely low simmer and stir frequently until they are cooked completely. Whisk in the cheese, bacon, and bacon fat and stir until it is melted completely. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm until you are ready to serve it.
4 Seven ounce portions of grouper, with the skin removed
One cup court bouillon (1/2 cup chicken stock, ¼ cup white wine, ¼ cup water)
½ cup diced South Carolina tomatoes with no seeds
½ cup sliced shitake mushrooms
1 T chopped chives
1 T chopped tarragon
2 sticks butter in cubes
1 T lemon juice
2 oz truffle oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. In a large sauté pan, heat 1 T olive oil over high heat. Season the tilefish with salt and white pepper. Sear the presentation side of the fish until it is light brown. Turn the fish over in the pan and add the chopped tomatoes and shitake mushrooms. Deglaze the pan with the court bouillon and shake the pan lightly to make sure that fish is not sticking. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. In large bowls, place the grits. Drizzle a little truffle oil on top of each pile of grits. Place one piece of tilefish on each pile of grits. Return the pan to the heat and bring the liquid back to a boil. Add the fresh herbs and reduce the liquid until you have about a quarter cup remaining. Reduce the heat to low and gradually whisk in the cold butter to form an emulsification. Once the butter is incorporated and the sauce is thick, season with salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice to lighten things up a little bit. Divide the sauce evenly over the four pieces of fish and serve immediately.

Shrimp & Crab Hoppin’ John

Here’s an awesome recipe that is sure to make your mouth water! It’s Shrimp & Crab Hoppin’ John Straight from Fred Neuville at The Fat Hen www.thefathen.com

Shrimp & Crab Hoppin’ John

Serves 10
2 cups dried black eyed peas
1 ham hock
4 cups water
1. Rinse beans
2. Put beans in medium sauce pot and cover with water.  Add ham hock.
3. Bring to a boil and cook until tender (to speed up cooking time, soak beans overnight).
4. When beans are tender, strain and cool. Reserve ham hock.
5. when cooled, pick meat off of ham hock and add back to the beans.
1 cup long grain rice
1 medium yellow onion (diced)
7 strips apple wood smoked bacon (diced)
2 tablespoons sweet butter
1/2 cup green onion (minced)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Hot Sauce
1. Render the bacon and sweat the onion until tender. Add butter and melt.
2. Add rice and cook for 30 seconds.
3. Cover rice with water (about 1 inch).
4. Cook until all liquid is gone and rice is tender.
5. spread rice mixture on a sheet tray and cool.
Final Steps:
Mix rice, beans and green onion together.  Season with hot sauce, salt, pepper and lemon
*Remember, the mixture is cold, so do not over season. When the dish is heated back up, the
flavors will awaken.
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 ounces white wine
3 ounces chicken stock
1/4 ounce julienne zucchini
1/4 ounce julienne squash
1/4 ounce julienne carrot
1 ounce garlic butter
50 shrimp
2 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
1. In a saute pan, add olive oil and heat to smoking point.
2. Add shrimp, saute on both sides just to color, then remove from pan.
3. Deglaze pan with white wine.  Add julienne vegetables, hoppin’ john and chicken stock.
4. Add shrimp back to the pan along with the crab meat.
5. Finish with garlic butter and season with salt and pepper.
6. Check seasoning.  Place on your favorite serving platter and garnish with chopped parsley.

West Palm Bonita – October 11th, 2009

Bob heads back to the coast of Florida to fish offshore with special guests Cole Berger and Jason Davis from Sportsman’s Gold. You’ve seen Jason in the kitchen, and now he’ll join Bob on the water. Captain George Mitchell will be at the helm on this awesome trip, so tune in and you won’t want to miss this show!bonita

Texas Style Pork Chops Stuffed with Cream Cheese

Pork chops are pork chops right? Well yes..until you add a little cream cheese, pecans, bacon and maybe a little green onion.

Texas style Pork chops stuffed with cream cheese, pecans, bacon and green onion.


  • 4 Double Cut Pork chops (Bone In)
  • 1- 8oz. Package of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of your favorite maple and pepper marinade
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper


Make a slit in the pork chops running it side to side, leaving a pocket in the pork chop, pour marinade in bag over pork chops. Next blend cream cheese, pecans, bacon, and green onion together in a mix master (Blender). Add salt and pepper, to taste. Marinade pork overnight and place stuffing in refrigerator overnight in a Ziploc bag. Next day pull meat and lay on a baking sheet. Next, cut a corner off the bottom of the Ziploc to act as a pastry bag injecting the filling into the pork. Grill to desired temp and serve.

Deep Fried Turkey and Apples With a Pecan Caramel Dip

This turkey recipe is absolutely fantastic. You can’t go wrong with fried food, apples, pecans and caramel.  Check out how you can wow your friends with a turkey, apples and some pecan caramel dip!

Deep fried Turkey and apples with a pecan caramel dip

  • Dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • Your favorite injectable marinade
  • 6 apples (Cored out)
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ lb caramel
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (10 to 12 pound) whole turkey
  • 4 to 5 gallons peanut oil (see note)


Preheat oil to 375 degrees F.

Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey. Rinse the turkey well with cold water and pat dry thoroughly with paper towels. Take care to dry both inside cavities. Place in a large pan and inject the marinade throughout the cavity and legs of the bird.  You need to let the bird rest so the marinade can spread evenly throughout the cavity. To allow for good oil circulation through the cavity, do not truss or tie legs together. Cut off the wing tips and plump little tail as they may get caught in the fryer basket. Cover pan and place in refrigerator overnight.

Place the outdoor gas burner on a level dirt or grassy area. Never fry a turkey indoors, in a garage, or in any structure attached to a building. Do not fry on wood decks, which could catch fire, or concrete, which could be stained by the oil. (Safety tip: have a fire extinguisher nearby for added safety). Add oil to a 7 to 10 gallon pot with a basket or a rack. At medium-high setting, heat the oil to 375 degrees F.(depending on the amount of oil, outside temperature and wind conditions, this should take about 20 to 40 minutes).

Meanwhile, place the turkey in a basket or on a rack, neck down. When the deep-fry thermometer reaches 375 degrees F. slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. The level of the oil will rise due to the frothing caused by the moisture from the turkey but will stabilize in about 1 minute. (Safety tip: to prevent burns from the splattering oil wear oven mitts/gloves, long sleeves, heavy shoes, and even glasses. It is wise to have 2 people lowering and raising the turkey). Immediately check the oil temperature and increase the flame so the oil temperature is maintained at 350 degrees F. If the temperature drops to 340 degrees F. or below, oil will begin to seep into turkey. Fry about 3 to 4 minutes per pound, or about 35 to 42 minutes for a 10 to 12 pound turkey. Stay with the cooker at all times, as the heat must be regulated. When cooked to 170 degrees F. in the breast or 180 degrees F. in the thigh, carefully remove the turkey for the hot oil. Allow the turkey to drain for a few minutes. (Safety tip: allow the oil to cool completely before storing or disposing). Remove turkey from the rack and place on a serving platter. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.  Then place apples in fryer basket and place in oil, cook for about 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Heat up caramel, butter, and pecans in microwave, serve with the turkey

NOTE: Use only oils with high smoke points, such as peanut, canola, or safflower oil. To determine the correct amount of oil, place the turkey in the pot before adding the seasoning and add water until the turkey is covered. Measure the amount of water and use a corresponding amount of oil. Dry the pot thoroughly of all water.

Venison Tenderloin Recipe

Here is another fantastic venison recipe. Deer season is here and we’re filling our meat lockers so be sure to save a little tenderloin for this great recipe.

Venison tenderloin with a berry balsamic vinegar and horseradish

  • 4 venison tenderloins
  • 2tsp horseradish
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package of veggie medley
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 1 package of black berries

Marinade venison in Ziploc for one day. Next, place the meat in a pan…sauté to preferred temperature and remove from pan. Add balsamic, horseradish and serve over the meat.


Van Lent Fishpuppies Recipe

Everyone has been asking for this awesome hushpuppy recipe, and here it is. We’d love to hear from you and see if you enjoyed them as much as we did!

  • hushpuppiesAutry’s hushpuppy mix
  • Italian Rose Salsa
  • chopped onion
  • chopped Jalapeno
  • 1/4″ cubed Red Snapper

Prepare hushpuppy mix as suggested, be sure to use salsa as half the suggested liquid!

Ater your inital prep, let the hushpuppy mixture rise for a couple of minutes. Next, you’ll want to add the marinated fish, onions, and jalapenos to your mixture. Begin to spoon mixture into fryer with oil temp at about 350 degrees. Cook until golden brown, remove and drain well onto a paper towel. Season with Italian Rose dressing and you’re done! Finally, grab a plate, hit the couch, and watch another episode with Bob, life is good!!

Smoked Roast of Venison

Three words: Venison + Bacon + Bourbon. Hope your stomach is ready! Here is a recipe for an awesome smoked roast of venison injected with your favorite bourbon marinade, wrapped in bacon with a side of sauteed squash. Mmmm mmmmm, buddy.

Smoked roast of venison wrapped in Bacon with sautéed squash

  • 2 cups of your favorite bourbon marinade
  • 1 Venison rear roast (Ball Roast)
  • 1lb bacon
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 2 cups sliced squash or zucchini
  • 4ft of butcher string

Pour 2 cups of your marinade into a bowl. Inject half of the marinade from the bowl into the roast. Pour the remaining marinade in a Ziploc with the roast and let sit for about 3-4 hours. Lay bacon out on a cutting board. Let it sit out for about 5-8minutes to make bacon more malleable and easier to use when wrapping. Lay out bacon and wrap roast and tie off spacing each string about 2inches apart. Smoke meat until desired temperature is reached. Next, sauté the veggies in the pan with a half a stick of butter and serve it with the venison.