It's interesting to me to find out what people like to collect when they travel. All the tourist hot spots are filled with tchotchke shops peddling magnets, spoons, thimbles and snow globes. Photos are always the best souvenir. Personally, I like to collect Christmas ornaments so that at the end of the year I can take a nice trip down memory lane reminiscing about all of the places I've been.
But my favorite travel souvenir collection has to be my recipes. From bed and breakfasts to restaurants, I try and get a recipe from everywhere I go, and sometimes even places that I've never been just so I can savor the flavor! When I make these dishes at home, my senses trick me into thinking I've traveled someplace further than my kitchen. This recipe is one of those.
At the Conch Republic in Key West, they serve cracked conch with a simple Orange Horseradish Marmalade Sauce. You can't get a flavor that represents "Florida" any better than tangy citrus. I asked our server if the chef would give me the recipe, and moments later the manager walked over with a bar coaster and four basic ingredients scribbled on the back…priceless! That is exactly the feeling of Key West, laid back and easygoing.
Until you visit Key West, check out this recipe and add a little zest to your weekend!
Orange Horseradish Marmalade Sauce:
From the Conch Republic Seafood Company, Key West, FL
1/4 Cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
1/2 Cup Orange Marmalade
2 Tbsp Horseradish
Mix all ingredients together and use as a marinade or serve as a dipping sauce with fresh seafood or chicken.
It's actually pretty tasty with eggs in the morning too!