I have often spoken of our trip to Jamaica.
It was over two years ago and I'm still thinking of it like it was yesterday. Apparently we do not vacation enough.
With three kids under the age of 5 it's next to impossible. For now I will reminisce, and think of our next trip.
For anyone who has never been... you really should. It was the most beautiful, luxurious place I have ever been.
Not that I'm a world traveler or anything... I rarely make it out of my small New Hampshire town.
In fact, our trip to Jamaica was the first time I had flown on a plane!
I have a horrible fear of flying and heights in general. It's amazing my husband was able to coax me onto to that flight!
The 9 am glass of wine in the airport bar at Logan helped a tad... that and the Valium I snagged from my mother in law!
I seriously need alcohol and drugs in order to step on board!
We flew into Montego Bay in the late afternoon and were immediately greeted with Red Stripes and big smiles from the staff that worked for our resort. They loaded us up in their little air port lounge with plenty of beer while we awaited our shuttle to drive us 30 minutes to the resort.
For couples... if you are looking for a romantic vacation. Check out Couples Resorts. They are for couples only, no kiddos, no singles... the whole resort is based around luxury and romance.
They were AMAZING.
They have several resorts all over Jamaica, the one we stayed at was Couples Tower Isle.
It was stunning,
One of our favorite parts of the vacation... food. They offered fine dinning at restaurants all with in the resort as well as an all you can eat 24 hour grill.
Jerk Chicken, fries, ice cream, nachos, fried everything... Allllll day long.
The fried snapper sandwich, my favorite dish offered at the grill, piled high on a sweet bun, tarter sauce a big thick slice of tomato and some lettuce.
Honestly the best thing I ever ate.... the BEST thing.
We ate a disgusting amount of those sandwiches... at all hours of the day and night.
And oh did we take advantage of the 24 hr thing... 2 am stumbling in after a late night in the "Buddha" pool with a bunch of our new friends... one of those sandwiches and a bucket of Red Stripes on Ice... ahhh. Vacation.
I sound so classy huh? Buckets of beer and fried foods? Hey I had my fair share of wine, braised duck, and various other fancy shcmancy foods.
I honestly stay up some nights thinking of this sandwich...
I'm not exaggerating.
After one night of discussing the famous Snapper Sandwich with hubs. I was like "that's it... it's been a 2 yr craving, time to do something about this!"
So I set off to make my own New England version of my favorite Jamaican Fried Snapper Sandwich... And it did the trick! Nipped my craving right in the butt. Now I just need to book a vacation so I can get the real thing SOON.
Beer Battered Haddock Sandwich with Tomato Dill Salad and Tartar Sauce
(Recipe adapted from: Closet Cooking; yields 4 servings)
-1 bottle of your favorite dark beer
-2 cups of flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 tsp dill weed
-1 beaten egg
-1/2 tsp of salt
-1 pound haddock (you can also use cod)
-1/2 cup flour (for dredging)
-pinch of salt
-4 bulky rolls
-oil for frying
FOR YOUR TOPPINGS:
-1/2-3/4 cup of tartar sauce
-1 cup of cherry tomatoes quartered (halved if they are small)
-1 tsp fresh dill weed
-1 clove of garlic minced
-pinch of sugar
-pinch of salt
Heat cooking oil to 375 degrees.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups of flour, beer, baking powder, egg, dill, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Set aside.
Cut your fish into 4 large sandwich sized pieces.
Add 1/2 cup of flour and pinch of salt to a shallow dish (I use a pie plate),
Dredge fish through your flour/salt.
Then dip your fish into the beer batter, then into the fryer for about 5 minutes (I cooked mine 3 minutes one side then flipped and cooked for an additional 2 minutes) or until the fish is golden brown and white and flaky in the centers.
For your toppings,
Toss, tomato, dill, sugar and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside until you are ready to assemble.
Pile fish, tomato salad, tartar sauce and lettuce high on your bulky roll.