Fry five or six slices of fat pork crisp in the bottom of the pot you are to make your chowder in; take them out and chop them into small pieces, put them back into the bottom of the pot with their own gravy. (This is much better than having the slices whole.)
Cut four pounds of fresh cod or sea-bass into pieces two inches square, and lay enough of these on the pork to cover it. Follow with a layer of chopped onions, a little parsley, summer savory and pepper, either black or cayenne. Then a layer of split Boston, or butter, or whole cream crackers, which have been soaked in warm water until moistened through, but not ready to break. Above this put a layer of pork and repeat the order given above—onions, seasoning (not too much), crackers and pork, until your materials are exhausted. Let the topmost layer be buttered crackers well soaked. Pour in enough cold water to barely cover all. Cover the pot, stew gently for an hour, watching that the water does not sink too low. Should it leave the upper layer exposed, replenish cautiously from the boiling tea-kettle. When the chowder is thoroughly done, take out with a perforated skimmer and put into a tureen. Thicken the gravy with a tablespoonful of flour and about the same quantity of butter; boil up and pour over the chowder. Serve sliced lemon, pickles and stewed tomatoes with it, that the guests may add if they like.
Looks like someone at the Food Network was thinking along similar lines. Lemongrass, ginger, etc. I think you can use any sort of sherry, cooking wine, or cheap wine you may have on hand for the sake. I bet it would even taste good with bourbon.
Check it out here!
Sake Steamed Bass
Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson
Sake Steamed Bass
4 pieces, about 4 inches long, lemongrass stalks
2 limes, sliced into thin rounds
1 (4-inch) piece fresh ginger, cut lengthwise into thin strips
4 (6-ounce) skin-on center cut striped bass fillets, bones removed
1 cup unfiltered sake
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Prepare the lemongrass by removing the outer tough leaves to reveal the white center. Smash each stalk with the back of a knife to release the oils and flavor.
Lay the sliced limes in the bottom of a large baking dish. Evenly space the lemongrass pieces on top of the limes and lay the ginger strips evenly around the lemongrass. Arrange the fillets directly on top, pour the sake over the fish and season with salt. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until the fish is firm, opaque in the center, and beginning to flake, about 15 minutes. The cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the fillets.
Just before serving, spoon a little of the liquid from the dish over the fillets and transfer to plates to serve.
Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson, 2009
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/sake-steamed-bass-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback