Take a road trip up the inner thumb of Michigan along Saginaw Bay and you can find a number of festivals and fairs during the summer, from the Pig Gig in Bay City at the base of the thumb to Cheeseburger in Caseville near the tip. About mid way up during the first full weekend of August, stop at Bayport whose unofficial motto is "Where the Fish Caught the Man" and attend the Fish Sandwich Festival. There, for $3.00 you can get a fish sandwich, watch a fish king and queen get crowned and see lawn mower races. The sandwich is fresh water mullet with a secret batter and secret tartar sauce on what appears to be a hot dog bun. Now, mullet isn't very appealing to me, so I've gussied up my fish sandwich a bit to befit a king and queen.
NOTE: Maybe the lawn mower race can become a new Olympic sport? —inpatskitchen
For the Tartar Sauce and Cabbage topping
3/4 cup mayo
chopped fresh dill
diced dill pickle
chopped capers in brine
finely shredded cabbage
For the Fish and Assembly
1 1/2 pounds of your favorite fish for frying, filleted and cut into 8 pieces about 2 by 5 inches. ( I used Michigan whitefish)
Vegetable Oil for pan frying
A little flour for dusting the fish before battering
eight inch submarine sandwich buns, sliced lengthwise and grilled just a bit to heat through just before assembling the sandwich
Thinly sliced tomatoes
Additional malt vinegar for sprinkling on the fish
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!