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Baja Bouillabaisse (Fancy Baja Fresh)by Erik of Fancy Fast Food
Bouillabaisse is a traditional (and inherently fancy-sounding) fish and seafood stew prominent in the Provençal province of southern France, a culinary classic from the seaside city of Marseille.  The best bouillabaisse is made with only the freshest seafood, but since we are going to play by our own rules and only source ingredients from the realm of fast food, we’ll go to the chain that labels their food as such (even if it’s inspired by Mexico and not France): Baja Fresh.  With their available sea-faring fast food fare, we’re going to boil up a “Baja Bouillabaisse” that will not only appease the Fancy Fast Food kitchen’s penchant for alliterations, but be candy for the eyes — and maybe even tantalize a taste bud or two, if you can believe that. 
Ingredients (from Baja Fresh Mexican Grill):
1 BFF Fire-grilled Burrito (with langostino lobster)
3 MahiMahi Tacos (grilled)
3 Original Baja Tacos (with grilled shrimp)
1 Garden Salad
1 Chicken Tortilla Soup (without charbroiled chicken)
4 condiment cups of Pico de Gallo
1 condiment cup of chopped cilantro
First, pour the chicken tortilla soup into a medium saucepan; this will be the savory stock of our seafood stew, even if it’s based on terrestrial poultry.  Add tomatoes and onions to this base via the pico de gallo — but don’t throw away the condiment cups just yet since we’ll get creative with them later.  Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer over a low heat.  Next, the main ingredients: the seafood.  For fish, we have the strips of grilled mahi-mahi from the tacos; add those to the saucepan and let them stew until they are tender enough to cut into smaller chunks with a mixing spoon.  Also add in the grilled shrimp from the other tacos.  That leaves just one seafood item left, the shellfish from your BFF (“Big & Full of Flavor”) burrito: lobster.  Take note that it’s not “lobster” but “langostino lobster,” that controversial crustacean in the restaurant industry that isn’t a part of the true lobster family at all; it’s actually more related to hermit crabs.  This langostino lobster may be labeled by copywriters as such for its ambiguity (and perhaps its appealing alliteration), but it’s all we have to work with.  Pick the pieces of “lobster” meat out of the burrito and add it to the saucepan.  Cover and let it simmer for a few minutes.  Sally may sell seashells by the seashore, but we’ll get by with our Baja Bouillabaisse without her business on the beach.  Images of a real bouillabaisse often include the shells of clams or mussels, but we’ll improvise with a little creativity and the empty condiment cups.  Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut the black condiment cups along the sides to make long oval shapes.  When they curl, they will resemble mussel shells — especially when you cleverly position them in a serving bowl.  But first, add them to the saucepan so they get immersed in the stock; this will help prevent them from looking like plastic.  Finally, the plating: use a ladle to transfer the seafood stew into a fancy bowl.  Place the mock mussel shells in and around the morsels of fish and seafood, and then garnish the top with the chopped cilantro.  Voila!  You’ve just made Baja Bouillabaisse, a fun, fancy, and French-inspired feast formed from fresh fast food!
Fancy Fast Food creator Erik Trinidad mentioned this mock recipe on an episode of Masterclash, a guy-centric web talk show on AOL’s Asylum.com, discussing the world of fast food.  (This is the second segment out of a three-segment episode about fast food.):


If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.
Recipe for the week of August 20, 2010:

Baja Bouillabaisse (Fancy Baja Fresh)
by Erik of Fancy Fast Food

Bouillabaisse is a traditional (and inherently fancy-sounding) fish and seafood stew prominent in the Provençal province of southern France, a culinary classic from the seaside city of Marseille. The best bouillabaisse is made with only the freshest seafood, but since we are going to play by our own rules and only source ingredients from the realm of fast food, we’ll go to the chain that labels their food as such (even if it’s inspired by Mexico and not France): Baja Fresh. With their available sea-faring fast food fare, we’re going to boil up a “Baja Bouillabaisse” that will not only appease the Fancy Fast Food kitchen’s penchant for alliterations, but be candy for the eyes — and maybe even tantalize a taste bud or two, if you can believe that.

Ingredients (from Baja Fresh Mexican Grill):

  • 1 BFF Fire-grilled Burrito (with langostino lobster)
  • 3 MahiMahi Tacos (grilled)
  • 3 Original Baja Tacos (with grilled shrimp)
  • 1 Garden Salad
  • 1 Chicken Tortilla Soup (without charbroiled chicken)
  • 4 condiment cups of Pico de Gallo
  • 1 condiment cup of chopped cilantro

First, pour the chicken tortilla soup into a medium saucepan; this will be the savory stock of our seafood stew, even if it’s based on terrestrial poultry. Add tomatoes and onions to this base via the pico de gallo — but don’t throw away the condiment cups just yet since we’ll get creative with them later. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer over a low heat.

Next, the main ingredients: the seafood. For fish, we have the strips of grilled mahi-mahi from the tacos; add those to the saucepan and let them stew until they are tender enough to cut into smaller chunks with a mixing spoon. Also add in the grilled shrimp from the other tacos. That leaves just one seafood item left, the shellfish from your BFF (“Big & Full of Flavor”) burrito: lobster. Take note that it’s not “lobster” but “langostino lobster,” that controversial crustacean in the restaurant industry that isn’t a part of the true lobster family at all; it’s actually more related to hermit crabs. This langostino lobster may be labeled by copywriters as such for its ambiguity (and perhaps its appealing alliteration), but it’s all we have to work with. Pick the pieces of “lobster” meat out of the burrito and add it to the saucepan. Cover and let it simmer for a few minutes.

Sally may sell seashells by the seashore, but we’ll get by with our Baja Bouillabaisse without her business on the beach. Images of a real bouillabaisse often include the shells of clams or mussels, but we’ll improvise with a little creativity and the empty condiment cups. Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut the black condiment cups along the sides to make long oval shapes. When they curl, they will resemble mussel shells — especially when you cleverly position them in a serving bowl. But first, add them to the saucepan so they get immersed in the stock; this will help prevent them from looking like plastic.

Finally, the plating: use a ladle to transfer the seafood stew into a fancy bowl. Place the mock mussel shells in and around the morsels of fish and seafood, and then garnish the top with the chopped cilantro. Voila! You’ve just made Baja Bouillabaisse, a fun, fancy, and French-inspired feast formed from fresh fast food!


Fancy Fast Food creator Erik Trinidad mentioned this mock recipe on an episode of Masterclash, a guy-centric web talk show on AOL’s Asylum.com, discussing the world of fast food. (This is the second segment out of a three-segment episode about fast food.):





If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.

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