Experience The Taste of Winning

We had a blast at this year’s Lake Superior Fish Classic. The competition was stiff, and taking 2nd Place (behind Minneapolis’ Oceanaire Seafood Room) was certainly humbling. Next year, though – look out: We’re aiming for #1!

Taste the winning dishes

Our winning dishes will be available through October at Ledge Rock Grille. Stop in for dinner (after 4pm) to try our Hot Smoked White Fish or Pepper Crusted Herring.

You’ll be glad you did – just ask the Lake Superior Fish Classic judges!


Or cook them yourself!

Are you an aspiring chef, or avid home cook? Keeping secrets really isn’t our thing, so scroll down for the complete recipes.

Watch Chef Uriah prepare the Pepper Crusted Herring on KBJR’s Dishes & Deals (skip to 4:40).


Hot Smoked White Fish

  • Whitefish Filets, 2 each
  • Hickory Chips, soaked, 4oz
  • Salt and Pepper TT

Preparation: In a table top smoker, place the soaked chips. Cover with perforated insert, and add the whitefish flesh side down. Cover and smoke at 140*F for 5-7 minutes.


Yucca Coals

  • Yucca Root, peeled and large chopped, 1lb
  • Vegetable Stock, 4 cups
  • Squid Ink, 1oz
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation: Place yucca, ink and stock in a saucepan. Boil for 20 minutes, until fork tender. Drain, and toss with salt.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

  • Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, quartered, 2 cups

  • Olive Oil, ¼ cup

  • Shallot, thinly sliced, 1 each

  • Italian parsley, rough chopped, 2 sprigs

  • Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed, 1 lemon

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation: Combine all ingredients and toss. Serve immediately.



Pepper Crusted Herring

  • Herring Filets, pin bones removed, skin on, 2 filets each

  • Flour, for dusting, ½ cup

  • Peppercorn Mélange, ground, 1 TBSP

  • Grape seed Oil, ¼ cup

  • Lime, sectioned, 1 each

Preparation: Heat the grape seed oil in a shallow sauté pan over medium heat. Dust the herring filets with pepper, then dredge in flour. Place the filets, flesh side down in the oil. Cook 2-3 minutes, until firm and golden, then flip the filets to crisp the skin. Drain onto paper towels, and serve with a slice of lime.


Lime Wasabi Dressing

  • Vanilla Yogurt, 1 cup

  • Wasabi Powder, 2 tsp

  • Fresh Lime, Zest and Juice, 1 each

Preparation: Zest the lime and dice finely. Combine the remaining ingredients and serve with the pepper herring.


Sweet Potato Foam

  • Jumbo Yam, peeled and diced fine, 1 each

  • Brown Sugar, ½ cup

  • Cinnamon, 1 tsp

  • Heavy Cream, 1 cup

Preparation: Boil the yam until very tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain, and combine with sugar, cinnamon and cream. Place in a food processor and blend until absolutely smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, into an ISI container. Charge with 1 NO2, and chill. Dispense directly onto place for service.

Fish can see it coming….all the time

Go to Lake of the Woods they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

Actually, it was fun. Fun, as in, -20F for a high with 30mph winds. Day two was a bit better, no wind. But it was a pretty good time. Those of you that enjoy the hard water can appreciate what it truly takes to brave the elements and go after an elusive animal. For me, it meant booking a trip through a resort and being herded like cattle to a toasty warm fish house. And during a 2 hour period of blowing snow so thick that “white out conditions” utterly failed to describe, I had a little time to think. And to look at the 1 fish I had landed so far. Not that it was a big one, or a small one, but it was the first out of the water for our 5 person crew, and that got me bragging rights, and $1 from everyone there.

So $4 dollars richer, and staring at my fish, it hit me. Fish can’t blink. Mostly because they don’t have eyelids. But could you even imagine not being able to blink? EVER? My mind quickly went to food (as it often does), and I thought of slicing ten pounds of onions for French Onion Soup, and how truly terrible an experience that would be. Or cooking at our Chef’s Table, and how unbelievably scary it would be for a nice couple to try to enjoy dinner, being served by the supreme grand master of the greatest staring contest of all time. I’d envisioned it would look something like this:

Fish can see it coming

The never-blinking eyes of a fish!


For 2 hours, as is the usual length of a Chef’s Table Dinner. I’d almost want to have a fin lined hat to add to the effect. Much like with food, you have to commit to the joke.

Now successfully returned from the great white north, I’ve had a day to think about how happy I am for eyelids, and that when you come out for dinner, I will not be sporting a fin lined hat.



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