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Happy Holidays!

We are only 16 days away from Christmas.  It sure seems like it has snuck up very quickly this year.  I guess since it always falls on December 25th , it should not come as a big surprise, but sometimes it just does.

Things are busy in the market, and we have been so blessed to get some beautiful fish in this season.  We are getting Artic Char, and it looks gorgeous.  If you have not tried our holiday quiches, you are missing out!  They are delicious: Alder-smoked salmon dill and Crab and bleu cheese ($12.95 each).  Don't forget the crawfish tamales either.  For $12.99/dozen, they are a fabulous addition to any holiday gathering.  They make a great host or hostess gift, too.  Can't decide what to get the seafood lover in your family?  We have gift cards in any denomination, and each comes with a complimentary Quality Seafood logo mug.  For more ideas, check out our seafood lover's holiday gift guide.

As always, it is a pleasure serving you.  Let us know what we can do to make your holiday season special.

See you in the market!

~Carol Huntsberger,
Quality Seafood Market

Recipe of the week
Grilled Mahi Mahi (
Yield 12 servings
5 pounds skinned, deboned mahi mahi, cut into chunks
3/4 (4.5 ounce) jar minced garlic
1/2 cup butter, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 1/2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 - 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chili peppers
salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
1.   Preheat grill (or broiler) on high heat.
2.   Place mahi mahi in an aluminum foil pan, and toss with the garlic to coat. Distribute butter evenly throughout pan. Spread onions over fish. Pour the lemon juice, wine, and diced tomatoes with green chili peppers over the fish. Season with salt and pepper. Tightly cover pan with aluminum foil.
3.   Place pan on the grill grate, and cook fish 35 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.

"Fish Facts": "Mahi mahi" is the Hawaiian name for dolphin fish. This nomenclature was introducted to prevent customers from confusing dolphin fish with the marine mammal.  Mahi mahi are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world. The brilliant colors of the fish make them one of the most beautiful in the ocean.  Caught by longline, mahi mahi can reach up to 50 pounds, but the average weight is just 5 pounds. They are typically frozen at sea, with the highest quality mahi mahi receiving the designation of "clipper."  Quality Seafood Market carries fresh mahi mahi and fillets each fish to-order.
Mahi Mahi Cooking Tips: Mahi mahi is a lean fairly firm meat with a sweet and mild to moderate flavor, very similar to swordfish. The dark portions you may find on a fillet can be trimmed away to produce a much milder flavor.  Raw mahi mahi fillets will be pinkish white, the cooked meat will be off-white with large, moist flakes. Mahi mahi is great for grilling and remains moist if cooked properly. You can grill the fish with the skin on or off; I prefer to remove the skin and the darker meat portions first. It adapts well to many seasonings and can even be blackened.

Weekly restaurant specials

Maryland Mondays - Enjoy Alaskan king crab legs boiled Maryland-style for only $14.99/lb while you tap your feet and swing your hips to the sounds of Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies!

Taco Tuesdays - $2.00 Seafood tacos (shrimp, mahi mahi or catfish, grilled, blackened or fried) all served with our crunchy slaw and your choice of salsa and tortilla.  Wash'em down with $2.00 draft beers!

Go Texan Wednesdays - Lockhart quail filled with our homemade shrimp stuffing.  Choose from oven-roasted or golden-fried.  Pair it with a glass of Texas wine and relax to the cool sounds of Austin's own...The Calico Jazz Trio.

New Orleans Thursdays - Soft-shell crabs (golden-friend or sauteed New Orleans BBQ-style)...choose from po-boys, dinners, or order a la carte.  Perfect with $2.00 Lone Star Longnecks!

Lobsterfest Saturdays - Live Maine lobsters are flown in Saturday mornings and boiled to-order from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.  When in season, we also boil live Dungeness crabs flown fresh from the West Coast.  Lobsters are $18.99 each and Dungeness crabs are just $15.99/lb.
Retail specials
12/09/10 - 12/15/10

*Save $1.00 per lb. on Fresh mahi mahi fillet (reg. $11.99)
*Save $1.00 per lb. on Breaded shrimp (reg. $7.99)
*Save $1.00 per lb. on Turbot fillet (reg. $8.49)

Fresh mahi mahi fillet

Chef Prepared Special
Seattle-style Salmon ($13.99/lb)
It's hard to imagine, being December and all, but it's going to be a great weekend for grilling!

Thought for the week

"Success: Having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were intended to be."  ~ Donald Kendall

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5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
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