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Flounder Roll-ups, a throw back to another era

The Chatham Harvesters Cooperative isn't the pioneer seafood cooperative at Chatham's docks. In the 1960s-1980s, Chatham fishermen, recognizing the value of their catch and eager to share it with locals and visitors, established the fisherman-owned Chatham Seafood Coop. This cooperative boasted a brokerage, a wholesale division, and a fish market selling fresh catches landed at the Chatham Fish Pier and Stage Harbor Trap Docks.


Chatham Seafood Coop Flounder Roll ups. Enjoy the recipe at the end of the blog.

Picture the coop abuzz with activity – packers at the piers, fish cutters at the bay, and fishmongers peddling hake, pollock, monkfish, fluke, flounder, and various locally caught seafood varieties.


Enter Al Payne, the charming fishmonger of the market. Al generously shared his extensive knowledge of fish with patrons and colleagues. Always warm and informative, he'd delve into the nuances of hake, pollock, cod, and haddock tastes, offering cooking tips and recipes to anyone who asked. Al stood as a shining example to our Harvesters crew, embodying how to enhance your seafood experience. 


In tribute to the Chatham Seafood Coop, with the recent arrival of plaice (dabs) and the availability of summer flounder, we at Chatham Harvesters Coop are passing on their legacy with a recipe: Flounder Roll-ups. This simple dish takes us back to a more straightforward culinary era. 


Add a cream sauce and or fresh arugula, shaved carrots, and radish to enhance this dish. We like to savor it simply in appreciation of seafood-lovers like Al.  


FLOUNDER ROLL UPS

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of summer flounder or plaice

  • 1 box of stuffing mix cooked according to directions

  • 1/4 cup of quahog, lobster or oyster meats; or wild caught shrimp (optional)

  • 1/8 t each salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 T paprika


Directions

  • Cook stuffing mix with butter and water, according to directions.

  • Allow to cool slightly

  • Chop meats and add to stuffing, mix well

  • Salt and pepper mixture

  • Scoop mixture on to each flounder filets

  • Roll up each individual filets

  • Secure with a tooth pick

  • Shake paprika over all

  • Place in a baking dish

  • Cook in preheated 375 oven for 20 minutes.

Notes: Serve with shaved veggies and/ or a cream or cheese sauce



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