Funky Fishmonger Christmas Carol

December 19, 2017

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients. Before it's too busy, I just wanted to take this opportunity to Wish you all a Joyous Holiday Season.  We can never thank you enough for the the gift of your patronage and friendship but please know that we are eternally grateful.

Now I would like to present to you a Funky Fishmonger Christmas Carol.

Holiday Update
On Behalf of all of us at Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet,
We would like to wish you and your family
A Joyous and Healthy Holiday Season

We are no longer taking orders for Dec 23rd and 24th...
But please know that we will have plenty of Fresh Seafood on Hand everyday including Cooked and cleaned Shrimp, Clams, Scallops, Mussels, Lobster, Calamari, Oysters, Octopus, Lobster Tails, Flounder... you get the picture.  


Please Do Not Hesitate to Call the Store for Assistance We Are Eager to Help You Thank You! (908) 840-4332




Twas the night before Christmas at the Fulton Fish Market
My favorite cigar, was in my left pocket;
The Fish Orders for Christmas have filled all our pads
Soon I would be dealing with some funky fish lads


The men in the Market were poised with their hooks
And some of them gave me, come hither looks
Before my eyes, was a Piscivorous delight
I knew my procurement would be easy this night


From Shrimp to Clams to Flounder and Sole
Selecting the freshest fish was my goal
I looked carefully at my orders, filling each one with care
These briny treasures where the answer to my prayer


Don't forget the Baccala I said to myself
I chuckled a little, like a thick Briny Elf
To get all the Seven Fishes, this was my mission
So my Italian brethren could keep up tradition


My cigar now lit I feel a sense of ease
For the most Awesome clients I hope I to please
We wish you all Joy and good cheer
And most importantly, an abundance Health in the New Year


I sincerely hope you enjoyed this funky fish fable
Grateful we are, to be a part of your Christmas Table
We'll  have plenty of seafood and no one will hunger
Thank you again from your humble Fishmonger 


Our Holiday Hours for Christmas Week is as follows

Thurs 12/21 9-7 pm
Friday 12/22 9-7 pm
Sat 12/23 9-7 pm
Sun 12/24 9-2 pm

Monday 12/25 Christmas (Closed)
12/26 9-7 pm

Please call the store and allow a Metro Specialist to assist you (908) 840-4332

To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS...



Our Classic Fish And Chips As Well As Our Famous Grilled Fish Tacos, Rock Shrimp Tacos... AND $1 OYSTERS FROM 3 TO 5 PM ALSO, METRO'S OWN LOBSTER ROLL WITH FRIES... Looks like it's here to stay

Friday 3:00 to 7:00 
Saturday 9:00 to 4:00
Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 

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Metro's "Holy Guacamole" Tuna Burger
Grilled Lime Garlic Ahi Tuna Burger with Shredded Lettuce, Guacamole and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Metro's Baja Salmon "Health Wrap"
Grilled Lime Garlic Organic Salmon with Mixed Field Greens, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado and Baja Sauce on Lebanese Flat Bread
With a choice of Soup*

Metro's Italian Halibut Pita Wrap
Grilled Basil Halibut With Mixed Field Greens, Red Onion and Tomato, with a Basil Aioli on a Locally Baked Pita
With a Choice of Soup*

Grilled Sea Bream Caesar Salad "All Hail...You Know Who"
Grilled Lemon Herb Sea Bream (Dorade) Fillet on our Classic Caesar Salad
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

The Oyster "Love Roll"
Lightly Breaded Plump Oysters with Lettuce, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Metro's Grilled Swordfish Caesar Wrap
Grilled Basil Balsamic Atlantic Swordfish with Our House Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread
With a Choice of Soup*

The Catfish "PO-Boy"
Panko Crusted Catfish Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll
With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Metro's Famous FISH-N-CHIPS (Lunch Portion)
Hand Battered Fillet with French Fries, Cole Slaw, Tartar Sauce and Malt Vinegar
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

The Mexican Grilled Arctic Char "Torta"
Grilled "Fajita" Spiced Arctic Char with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Toasted Roll
With a choice of Soup*

Metro's Fish Tacos
Panko Crusted Fillet with Shredded Cabbage, Pico Di Gallo and Baja Sauce on a Grilled Flour Tortilla (2)
With Our House Pickled Jalapeños and Red Onion on the Side
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Thai Snapper Pita Wrap 
Panko Crusted Snapper Fillet With Mixed Field Greens, Tomato, and Sriracha Aioli on a fresh Baked Pita 
With a Choice of Soup* 

Pesto Grilled Pink Grouper Over Sautéed White Beans and Our House Saffron Rice
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Grilled Mahi Fajitas (2)
Grilled Fajita Spiced Mahi Fillet on Flour Tortillas (2) with Seared Sweet Peppers and Onions, Avocado with Chipotle & Baja Sauce
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish)  
Metro's Chicken Tacos (2) 
Panko Crusted White Meat Chicken on Flour Tortillas (2) with shredded cabbage, Pico de 
Gallo sauce and Baja Sauce and a side of our homemade Pickled Jalapeños and Onions 
With a Choice of Soup* 

**Soft Drink Choices for Specials Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water
*Soup Choices-Manhattan or New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque AND Chicken Rice 
All Soups Lovingly Made In-House


Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North:
Smoked Eel 
Uni from Maine
Day Boat Sea Scallops 
Razor Clams 
Maine Steamers 
Jonah Crab Meat 
Nantucket Bay Scallops
Peconic Bay Scallops  
Nova Scotia Halibut
Sea Bass
Grey Sole 
Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters
Jumbo Maine Mussels
Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days
Fresh Long Island Squid
Rhode Island Little Necks
Cherry Stone Clams
Top Neck Clams


From the Waters of the World:                  
Dover Sole (Spain)
Sardines (Greece)
Japanese Madia (Sea Bream)
Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp)
Hamachi (Yellow Tail)
New Zealand Cockles 
New Zealand Green Lip Mussels              
Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
Dorade (Sea Bream)                                       
Colossal U-6 Shrimp
Wild Caribbean Hopper Pink Shrimp and White Shrimp (3 Sizes)
Brazilian Rock Lobster Tails (4 Sizes)
South African Cold Water Lobster Tails
New Zealand Lobsters Tails 
Squid Ink (Cuttlefish Ink)
Squid Steaks
North African and Spanish Octopus (Large & Baby)
Crawfish Tail Meat
Conch Meat from Belize    


From the South:
Rock Shrimp
Florida Pompano 
Golden Tilefish 
Jumbo and Colassal Stone Crab Claws (get crack'n)
Red Grouper
American Red Snapper
Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna
Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
Fresh Lump Crab Meat
Special Crab Meat
Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce


From Sustainable Seafood Sources: 
Wild Catfish
Rain Forest Tilapia 
Arctic Char (Iceland)
Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon
Prince Edward Island Mussels
Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest:
Live Dungeness Crabs 
Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters
Jumbo King Crab Legs
Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs


More Fish coming in Every Day Please Call for updated Inventory... (908) 840 4332

Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections

West Coast:
Sunset Beach  (Wa)
Totten Inlet (Wa)
Kumamotos (Ca) 

East Coast:
Fishers Island (NY)
Rose Cove (NJ)
High Bar Harbor (NJ)
Pemaquid (Me)
Puffer Petite (Mass)
Blue Points (Conn)
Wellfleet (Mass)
Island Creek (Mass)
Wilding Bastards (NJ)
Glidden Point (Me)
Warren Cove (Mass)
Swan Point (NJ)
Old Barney Salts (NJ)
Beau Soleil (NB Can)
Peters Point (Mass)
Billington Sea (Mass)
Beach Point (Mass)
Fin De La Baes (NB Can)


Maine Steamers
Little Neck Clams (RI)
Top Neck Clams (Conn)
Cherrystones (RI)
Fresh Chopped Clams



Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...

Roasted Chipotle Lime Shrimp Appetizers Serves 6 to 8 for appetizers
Hello Sweet Heat... Now should you not like things spicy then this dish is not for you.  That said, for the rest of us, this could not be an easier dish to make... the only thing that could make it easier is if I made it for you and playfully fed them to you while gently rubbing your brow and fetching you more Cold Cerveza.  I would do this for you but you might want to ask the other 6 folks to leave... meow.

2 pounds of large shrimp cleaned and deveined with the tails left on: This service is free of Charge at all Metro locations, including our only one in Lebanon
3 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo with 1 tablespoon of the sauce
The juice of 2 large limes...3 if they are small
½ cup of honey
¼ cup of olive oil plus more for brushing the pan
½ cup of roughly chopped fresh Cilantro
Lime wedges to serve

How it's done
Preheat your oven to 500° degrees

Line a rimmed baking tray with foil and brush generously with olive oil and set aside

Next, in a blender or small food processor combine the Chipotle peppers, honey,  ¼ cup of olive oil and lime juice  and process until smooth.

Place the shrimp in a bowl and season with salt, pour in the chipotle marinade and toss well to combine.  

Let marinate for 10 to 15 minutes on the counter.

Place the shrimp on the oiled baking pan and place in the oven and roast for 10 to 12 minutes or until the shrimp is just opaque when knife tested.

To serve, transfer the shrimp to a large serving platter and scatter over the cilantro.

Garnish with lime wedges and get ready to punch Buffalo Wings right in the mouth.

This is a fantastic appetizer anytime people are over and even when they are not but you just need a spicy hug of thankfulness.

"Lovster" or Lobster Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms Serves 8 for appetizers  
I cannot stress this enough, this is an appetizer you make for the ones you love or you can make it for someone you want to love or want to love get the point, after all it is Lobster.

12 to 15 Cremini (Baby Bella) Mushroom with the stems removed and wiped clean
You can chop the stems up and toss them into a salad or even freeze them to put into soups.
The cooked meat from 1-1½lb lobster...Metro will perform this task for you free of charge or you can use 8 ounces of Lobster Claw meat...we have this in the freezer
¼ cup olive oil
2 small shallots chopped fine
2 cloves of garlic minced very fine
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons each of fresh chopped basil and flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter melted.

How it's done
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

When the oil is hot sauté the shallots for about 2 minutes then add the garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes more or until the shallots are tender; remove the skillet from the heat and allow the stuffing to cool.

Next roughly chop the lobster meat and transfer it to a large bowl. 

Add the lemon zest, basil, parsley, panko, parmesan and mayonnaise to the bowl with the lobster and fold together the ingredient until it is well incorporated; season to taste with salt and pepper and set in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400° degree.  

Take the stuffing out of the refrigerator and stuff the mushrooms and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and drizzle the melted butter over the mushrooms.

Place the mushrooms in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.  FYI, you could make this recipe to also show yourself how much you love you... I believe they call that the GREATEST LOVE OF ALL.

Rock Shrimp Cakes with a Basil Caper Tartar Sauce Serves 6 to 8 for appetizers 

Not if, but when you make these don't be alarmed if a couple of scenarios play out

1) Someone might get punched in the face to offset the intense flavor pleasure or

2) Someone might rip your clothes off to offset the intense flavor pleasure... Yeah, really.

For the Shrimp Cakes
1 pound Rock Shrimp
½ of a Sweet Red bell pepper, finely minced
2 scallions chopped
1/3 cup finely minced Basil leaves
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon of finely grated Lemon Zest
1 egg, beaten
1 cup + ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons salt
Black pepper
Olive oil for frying
For the Basil Caper Tartar Sauce
1 cup Mayonnaise
½ cup of finely chopped Basil
2 tablespoons capers rinsed and drained
The juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

How it's done
To make the Shrimp cakes add the Scallions, Basil, Garlic, Lemon Zest and egg to a food processor and whiz for 1 minute. 

Next add the Rock Shrimp and the salt to the mixture and process until chopped well, with some texture.  

Turn the mixture out into a bowl and season with black pepper and fold in the chopped Red Pepper and the ½ cup of panko; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Next make the Basil Caper Tartar Sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside. 

Now heat a ½ inch of Olive Oil in a heavy, wide frying skillet over medium-high heat until it gets hot.  

Meanwhile take the Shrimp cake mixture out of the fridge and mold out 16 small cakes.  

Place the remaining cup of Panko in a shallow bowl and, gently, "crumb" the cakes in the bread crumbs.  

Fry the Cakes for 3 minutes per side or until they are golden brown and shrimp is cooked on the inside; drain on a paper towel. 

Serve with the tartar sauce and cut lemons.  By the way, both scenarios can really chalk up to a "win win" situation as long as you have the right attitude and by that I mean, a little drunk. 

Mussel Bruschetta Serves 8 for appetizers
The Wheel, Electricity, the Micro Chip and a Mussel Bruschetta are but just a few modern-day inventions that have made our life more delectable.

3 pounds of PEI mussels rinsed well
2/3 cup of olive oil plus more for brushing the bread slices
3 slices of smoked Bacon chopped into ¼ inch pieces
4 cloves of garlic minced
4 large shallots, halved and thinly sliced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper
1½ cup dry white wine
3 Plum (Roma) Tomatoes Chopped
½ cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
1 loaf of Italian or French Bread sliced thin

How it's done
Heat the 2/3 cup of olive oil in a large high rimmed skillet over medium high heat.  Once it shimmers, add the chopped bacon and sauté, stirring often, until it begins to crisp and the fat starts to render, about 2 to 3 minutes. 

Stir in the garlic and shallots and cook until they become translucent, about 3 minutes. 

Stir in the red pepper flakes, season with a little salt and pepper and then add the mussels and the white wine. Cover the skillet and increase the heat to high. 

Cook until the mussels open, about 4 to 5 minutes. 

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mussels to a large bowl, discarding any that do not open.

Continue to simmer the liquid until it is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. 

Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped tomatoes and parsley. Next remove the mussels from the shells and toss them in skillet with the tomatoes; season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 400°, brush the bread slices with olive oil and toast in the oven.  

To serve, spoon the mussel mixture onto the toast and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Just one note, if you ever wondered how the Wright Brothers felt on that fateful day at Kitty Hawk, then make this and feel your culinary inventor soar.  

Spicy Baked Cherrystone Clams with a Parmesan Crust Serves 6 to 8 for Appetizers or me when I just tested this recipe...there was no one around...Hey Judge Judy don't judge me until you walked a mile in my Spanx. I guess drinking alone is off limits as well...don't choke on your Hallo!

4 tablespoons olive oil
4 shallots, peeled, finely chopped
1 good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 dozen Cherrystone Clams (these are the larger ones) shucked and the meat coarsely chopped (Reserve 12 shells...give the other 12 away as holiday ashtrays...I hear smoking is making a comeback
4 Roma (Plum) Tomatoes seeded and chopped
12 Basil leaves chiffonade (stacked and cut into thin Ribbons crossways)
6 or more tablespoons of Panko Bread crumbs
6 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

How it's done
Preheat the oven to 425° degrees.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet and sauté the shallots over a medium-high heat for about 2 minutes.

Add the chopped clams, crushed red pepper flakes and tomato and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. 

Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper and remove skillet form heat.  

Stir in the basil, adjust seasoning, and set aside

Meanwhile place the Cherrystone shells onto a baking tray and spoon the clam mixture into the shells. 

Sprinkle over the panko and parmesan. 

Lastly drizzle the clams with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with lemon wedges and hopefully you'll have better luck than me finding dinner mates who don't hold you in contempt for just being  yourself... I mean really, you've never had a sherry to calm your nerves... 9:00 in the morning... there's that look again.


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Mark J. Drabich
Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet
P (908) 840-4332
F (908) 506-0293
1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833

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