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10 Best Bets for a Seacuterie Menu 10 ways to key into this exciting and appealing seafood offerings trend

 

by Katie Ayoub

Seactuerie lends a first-to-market opportunity for exciting and appealing seafood offerings. It’s a broad category, covering all sorts of seafood dishes—as long as they’re preserved in some fashion. Here are 10 ways to key into the trend. You can go narrow, perhaps adding a dip or spread to your bar bites menu. Or you can go broader, using the charcuterie board as inspiration, mixing and matching different menu items into one memorable sharing plate.

Spreads, dips, rillettes

  • House-Smoked Mackerel Dip with housemade saltines
    —Connie & Ted’s, West Hollywood, Calif.
  • Smoked Salmon Rillettes with creme fraîche, chive, pickled shallot, grilled batard
    —Lord George, San Francisco

Smoked

  • Smoked Fish Collar with yuzu, salt and lemon
    —Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Austin, Texas
  • Smoked Mussels
    —Halifax, Hoboken, N.J.

Sausage

  • Shrimp Linguiça
    —The Salt Line, Washington, D.C.
  • Scallop Mortadella with pistachios and black peppercorns
    —Cape Seafood & Provisions, Los Angeles

Deli flavors

  • Pastrami-spiced Trout on a bagel with heirloom tomatoes, red onion, marinated cucumbers, capers, house-whipped cream cheese
    —Steingold’s of Chicago
  • Smoked Salmon Reuben on dark rye with Swiss cheese and kraut
    —Bonhomie, Austin, Texas

Conserva/Confit

  • Marinated Calabrian Tuna Conserva, mirepoix
    —Jon & Vinny’s, Los Angeles

Pickled

  • Camerones Encurtido: Pickled shrimp, cucumber
    —Ultreia, Denver
  • House-pickled Salmon, lemon, onion
    —The Saltry, Halibut Cove, Alaska

Toast

  • Pokecado Toast: poke, smashed avocado
    —Pokeatery, Austin, Texas
  • Smoked Salmon Toast with Greek yogurt and truffle wildflower honey, cured yolk and potato bread
    —Saltie Girl, Boston

Caviar/Roe

  • Smoked Steelhead Roe, maple cream, pumpernickel
    —Son of a Gun, Los Angeles
  • Poppy’s Caviar: Tennessee Paddlefish Caviar with sour cream, spring onion, vinaigrette and crackers
    —Henrietta Red, Nashville

Tinned

  • Tinned Sardines with radish, butter, lemon, herbs, bread
    —Huertas, New York
  • Tinned Squid in Squid Ink, served with artisanal bread and house churned sea salt butter
    —Saltie Girl, Boston

Accoutrements

  • Pickled vegetables
  • Creamy dips or drizzles
  • Mustards
  • Hot or smoky sauces
  • Crackers, toasts, crispy breads
  From the Jan/Feb 2018 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & the Menu magazine. Read the full issue online or check if you qualify for a free print subscription.

About The Author

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Katie Ayoub is managing editor of Flavor & The Menu. She has been working in foodservice publishing for more than 16 years and on the Flavor team since 2006. She won a 2015 Folio award for her Flavor & The Menu article, Heritage Matters. In 2006, she won “Best Culinary Article” from the Cordon D’Or for an article on offal.