Asian Style Herring and Butter Beans

Called Dixie Beans, these popular Southern beans have been consdered a vegetable for many generations. Although truly a legume, they are so called butter bean because they almost literally melt in your mouth, much the same way butter does, The same holds true for our Wild Herring Fillets. Tenderly smoked and packed, the flavor is a perfect accompaniment with this "South of the Mason-Dixon" food staple. Y'all come back now, ya hear?

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced

1/2 (15-oz) can Bar Harbor®  Fish Stock

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tespon dried ginger

1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil

1/2 small onion, diced

1/2 carrot, sliced and chopped

1 (15-oz) can butter beans, drained

1 (6.5-oz) can bamboo shoots, drained

2 (6.7-oz) cans Bar Harbor® Wild Herring Fillets, seasoned with Cracked Pepper

6 ounces shaved Cheddar cheese

Cornbread, diced, optional

Place sweet potato in a large skillet or saucepan with fish stock, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, onion and carrots, with enough water to cover. Simmer, uncovered, for about 8-9 minutes, over medium-low heat until carrots and squash are fork tender. You should have about a 1/4-cup liquid left in pan. If you see that you are drying out, simply add water. Add the butter beans and bamboo shoots to skillet. Let simmer 2 minutes, stirring a couple of times.

Spoon equal amounts of the butter bean mixture onto 4 plates. Top with copious amounts of herring fillets, gently lifted from can but undreained. Splash some cooking liquid over each or add extra soy sauce, if desired.

Top with cracked black pepper, sunflower seeds or pine nuts and equal amounts of shaved Cheddar. We added some diced prepared cornbread but substitute some flavored croutons if desired.  Serve immediately.


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