Buffalo Carp and Chips


The stock of cod in European waters has depleted to the point that the European Union has called for a 25% cut in allowable catches.  So overfished are the prized cod, known as the fish of choice for fish-in-chips, that the species may not be able to reproduce sufficiently to sustainable levels.   The cod may be doomed.

We need some replacement candidates for the fish and chip dish.  The Brits are known to give the name of the fish when ordering; for example, cod and chips as opposed to fish and chips, so I will adopt this practice when considering suitable substitutes.

Jellyfish and chips.  I like this idea and there are plenty of jellyfish in the ocean.  Too many actually so all the more reason to eat them – fried of course with seaweed chips.

Does the fish in the dish have to be from the ocean?  I think not.  So why not catfish and chips.  I imagine someone could come up with hushpuppie chips. And for our feline friends, catnip and chips.

Crappie and chips.  There are plenty of crappie in the waters of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  This could be a boon to the southern economy.  Catch a mess of crappie and sell it at the local fish market.  Fry up your own and establish a restaurant, a fresh alternative to Long John Silver’s.  Create your own frozen brand, you know like Gorton’s and sell it to Tyson foods.  Develop a home brew to compliment the crappie and chips – I’m thinking a crisp pilsner.

Buffalo carp and chips.  Buffalo wings are good, why not Buffalo carp?  As non-game fish they are in plentiful supply.  Might be an aquired taste for some, but a delicacy for others.  I think you’d need to pressure cook the thing and then deep, deep fry it.