Pine Bark Stew
This recipe has been traced to Captain John A. Kelley, of Kingstree, South Carolina,
who made it for fellow sportsmen of the Otranto Club. It was cooked in a big iron
pot over a pine bark fire on the banks of the Pee Dee River.
- 1/2 pound slab bacon
- 4 large onions, sliced
- 2 large potatoes, peeled, sliced
- 4 cups fish stock
- 2 pounds firm-fleshed 1-inch thick fish fillets or
- 1/4 pound butter
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Cut bacon crosswise into 1-inch pieces and fry until crisp. Remove bacon with
slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Fry the onions in the bacon fat until golden
- Bring fish stock to boil and boil potatoes, covered, 10 minutes.
- Remove the potatoes, reserving the stock. Put a layer of half the onions in the
bottom of a large casserole, cover with a layer of half the potatoes, then the fish
fillets, a final layer of onions and a final layer of potatoes. Pour in the reserved
stock barely to cover.
- Melt the butter and stir in the seasonings. Pour into the
casserole. Bring to a simmer and simmer gently until potatoes and fish are fork
tender, about 10 minutes.
- Serve from the pot, sprinkled with the crisped bacon.