Greetings from Galley 57!

Hello Friends of Galley 57!  I hope the sunshine has found it's way into your lives and the much anticipated summer season finds you happy, healthy and hungry!

A few things you need to know:

  • The outdoor deck is open and waiting for you to come and enjoy the sunshine and the view of the Fox River!
  • If your a fan of Old Fashioneds, We've got the best in town AND at a price you can't beat - TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ONLY - $3.00!
  • We are now offering our famous Perch Fry on both Wednesday and Friday nights.  Our Friday Fish Fry is so popular, we had to add another day!
  • Prime Rib is offered on Thursday and Saturday nights.  If you're a fan of Prime Rib - This is the Place!  I slow roast our Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib  slooooooowly so it is fork tender, juicy and will melt in your mouth!
  • Tuesday is Chef's Choice and the creative juices are flowing - Sign up for our texting program next time your in, or just call and give us your info and we will alert you to specials, current offers and upcoming events!
  • June is Dairy Month!  Check out the coupon below to get a free ice cream drink after dinner!

Thank you for being a part of the Galley 57 family and I can't wait to cook for you in the month of June!  

Chef Andy Mueller

Another Inspired Recipe From Chef Andy

 Get Hooked on Grilled Fish
Now that we see the Spring season start to become a little more seasonable, the wave of demand for fresh fish is building.  Ocean favorites like salmon and halibut are starting to show signs of availability and the price is headed in the right direction for those of us who like to take advantage of healthy and tasty foods that work perfectly on the grill.  

Of the many types of fish available in today's seafood section at the market, the ones that work best cooked directly on the grates of the grill, are the ones that come in the form of a steak. Halibut, tuna, marlin, shark, swordfish, salmon, sturgeon and arctic char can be cut into steaks and grilled without the fear of smaller flakes falling through the grates or the entire fish falling apart while trying to pry it off the surface.  Steaks, unlike fillets, are cut from the top of the fish down to the belly of the fish as you look at it from the side.  They contain both sides of the fish with the spine of the fish in the center of the steak.  Fillets, on the other hand, represent only one side of the fish, and are cut from nose to tail avoiding bones from the spine.  One fish can yield many steaks but that same fish can have only two fillets (although the fillets can be cut into smaller fillet portions if the fish is large like a salmon or mahi mahi).

When it comes to grilling steaks vs. fillets, steaks stay together better because they are cut against the grain of the meat. making the flakes much longer and larger than with a fillet.  Fish that are typically cut into fillets are done so because they are thinner and can't be cut into a steak that has any size to it.  Filleted fish like walleye, perch. trout, and pan fish like crappie and bluegill don't grill well because their meat is very flaky and will fall apart the moment they cook through.  These fish are best lightly breaded and either pan or deep fried or baked, broiled or sauteed using quick high heat.  The breading process involves coating lightly in flour, then dipping into egg wash, followed by a quick dredging into any coarse or fine crumbs of your liking.  The flour helps the egg wash stick, and the egg wash helps the bread crumbs stick.  The breading process allows the fish to remain in tact while cooking in hot oil or baking in the oven and helps seal in the juice because it forms a quick protective crust.

Typically, if I'm going to grill a fish without the help of a tinfoil wrap, grill baskets or other outside assistance, I'm going to opt for a steak like salmon, tuna or swordfish.  These allow me to simply spray the fish with a light pan spray before placing it on a clean a hot grate, turn it forty five degrees after a few minutes then turn it over and cook it for a few more to finish.  The result is a flaky, tender fish that has the tell tale diamond shaped grill marks, and it has the flavor, convenience, and accurate cooking temperatures the grill so generously provides.  To make sure your fish is done, simply pull back on the flesh with a fork.  If it flakes easily, it is done.  Be careful not to spray or oil the fish too heavily before putting on the grill or it can cause flare ups.  Grilling fish is a sensible idea as long as accompanying sauces or condiments are also healthy.  Try this salsa with grilled tuna, salmon, or other fish steak that appeals to you.

                                                        Mango salsa
This one comes together quickly and easily, and is a perfect cool compliment to grilled fish.
In a mixing bowl combine:
2 cups fresh, ripe mango - diced (two large mangoes)
2 Tblsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 small red onion, diced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
1 small red pepper, diced
juice of one large lime
1 Tblsp honey
1 Tblsp. white balsamic vinegar
1 Tblsp. canola oil
pinch salt and fresh ground pepper
Stir ingredients to combine, chill for one hour.  Serve over grilled fish.