Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bass Fisherman's Survival Kit Gourmet Ramen Noodles!

     A Gourmet Ramen Made With Snack Food That Bass Fishermen Pack In A Tackle Box! 
     For some odd reason, I purchased a can of Vienna Sausage for old times sake.  While looking at the can, flashback visions of Vienna Sausage cans tucked away in a dark corner of bass boat flashed before my eyes.  Memories of packing stuff like Vienna Sausage, Beanie Weenies, Beef Jerky or Pork Rinds in a tackle box to snack on while fishing were fresh on my mind.  I figure this could be an interesting theme for a Gourmet Ramen Noodle creation.  
     I gave the Bass Fisherman's Survival Kit Ramen Noodle idea some thought and this noodle bowl turned out very nice.   The goal was to only feature food items that fishermen bring along when bass fishing.  This was a fun way to think up a recipe!

     Vienna Sausages were invented by a butcher from Frankfurt that moved to Austria.  European Vienna Sausages are made with pork, chicken or veal and they are usually sold as whole sausages, just like hot dogs.  American Vienna Sausages are made with chicken, pork, beef or turkey and they are flavored with dry mustard.  They are cut into short lengths and sold in small cans.
     Bass fishermen like to carry snacks for the fishing trip.  Beef jerky, cured dry sausage sticks, pickled hot links, boiled eggs or a can of Vienna Sausage can be found in nearly every fishing boat or tackle box.  Catsup, hot sauce and mustard are found in most bass boats too.  It is pretty easy to find wild green onions growing just about anywhere near a lake or river.

     The old cliche of asking a fisherman if he packed a can of Vienna Sausage for the fishin' trip still goes around.  A can of Vienna Sausage can be a dreaded icon of mortal frustration.  It literally takes an expert to get the first Vienna Sausage out of the can without breaking the sausage into pieces!
     The method that I use is to gently squeeze the can a few times, so the sausages loosen up in the can.  Then is is easy to use the finger tips to pluck a Vienna Sausage clean out of the can.  The can can also be inverted and slammed on a countertop, then all the sausages will pop out at one time.
     An experienced fisherman earns a lot of respect from peers just for being able to get the first Vienna Sausage out of the tiny can in one piece.  Other fishermen will actually stop what they are doing and stare when somebody opens a can of Vienna Sausage!  I have heard fellow fishermen make comments like "Ya know something?  Thats not the way to do it!" or "Ya know something?  I have never been able to get the first one out in one piece!"
    All I can say is that as a fisherman, canned Vienna Sausage experience does pay off!

     Bass Fisherman's Survival Kit Gourmet Ramen Noodles:   
     This recipe yields 1 noodle bowl.
     Step 1:  Cook 1 large egg in boiling salted water till it is hard boiled.
     Cool and peel the egg under cold running water.   
     Cut the egg into slices and set them aside.
     Step 2:  Open a can of Vienna Sausage and remove the sausages from the can without breaking them!  
     *If every Vienna Sausage is undamaged, then give yourself a round of applause for accomplishing this monumental task!
     Step 3:  Heat a small non-stick sauté pan over medium low heat.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
     Add 5 Vienna sausages.
     Sauté till the sausages are warmed and very lightly browned.
     Remove the sausages from the pan and keep them warm on a stove top.
     Step 4:  Leave the pan with the oil over medium low heat.
     Add 2 tablespoons of small diced bermuda onion.
     Sauté till the onions start to turn clear in color.
     Step 5:  Add just enough flour, while stirring, to soak up the oil and make a roux.  (about 1/2 tablespoon.)
     Cook the roux till it is combined and it is white color.
     Step 6:  Add 1 cup of pork or chicken broth.  (Water plus the dried bouillon from a package of ramen noodles is fine.)
     Add 1 tablespoons of ketchup.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of dijon mustard.
     Add 1 teaspoon of Louisiana Cayenne Hot Sauce.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Spanish Paprika.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 7:  Stir the sauce as it heats and thickens.
     Simmer the sauce, till it is a medium thin sauce consistency.
     Add 1 green onion that is cut into bite size pieces.
     Keep the sauce warm over very low heat.
     Step 8:  Cook 1 portion of ramen noodles in a small pot of boiling water.
     After the noodles are fully cooked, drain the water off of the noodles.
     Step 9:  Add the ramen noodles to the sauce in the pan.
     Toss the noodles and sauce together.
     Presentation is nine tenths of the law!  Making a simple bowl of noodles look fancy will make other fishermen jealous! 
     Place the sauced ramen noodles in a shallow bowl.
     Try to expose a few of the green onion pieces on the surface of the noodles.
     Space the sautéed Vienna Sausages evenly on the noodles, so they point to the center.
     Place the sliced boiled egg on the center of the noodles.
     Season the egg with sea salt, black pepper and a pinch of Spanish Paprika.
     Garnish with an Italian Parsley sprig or green onion slivers.

      This tasty fisherman's survival kit ramen noodle bowl actually looks kind of fancy! 

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