FACS on the Road

Boiling Over




One of the must-do things in Door County, Wisconsin (where we’ve been vacationing ) is to dine at a restaurant where the evening meal and entertainment is a fish boil. The fun starts with a boiling pot of salted water over a roaring bonfire. People gather around to watch as the boil master waits for the water to reach the optimal temperature.

When the temperature is just right, the boil master adds a basketful of potatoes and onions to the kettle. After the vegetables have simmered for a while, chunks of whitefish, fresh from the waters of Lake Michigan, are added. The mixture bubbles away while hungry diners sip drinks while the boil master entertains with legends and lore from Door County’s colorful past.

At just the right moment, kerosene is thrown on the fire causing it to flare dramatically and the water in the pot to boil over carrying away the oil from the fish. The fish and vegetables are lifted from the kettle, drizzled with butter and are ready to serve. Traditionally, the meal is completed with creamy coleslaw and cherry pie made from fruit harvested from Door County orchards.

A Door County fish boil is a culinary tradition everyone should experience! To learn more about this unique tradition go to http://www.doorcounty.com/where-to-dine/fish-boils

Happy Linguine Day!