Stingray Casserole Recipe SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Tricia Stubbings Prep:15 minutes Cook:30 minutes Difficulty:2 Ingrediants: 500 grams stingray fillet cut into 2cm cubes. 1 cup sliced mushrooms. 3 celery stalks, diced. 4 tablespoons grated onion. ½ cup minced green pepper. ½ cup cracker crumbs. 6 tablespoons butter. 2 cup milk. 4 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese. 4 tablespoons flour. Pinch of basil. ½ teaspoon salt. ¼ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper. 1 pinch nutmeg. Directions: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add mushrooms, celery, onion, green pepper and basil. Sauté for about 10 minutes or until celery is tender. While mushrooms are sautéeing make sauce. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter or margarine into a second saucepan. Stirring constantly, gradually add the flour. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg and slowly pour in milk. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes until sauce is thick and smooth. Add stingray to mushroom mixture and cook for about 5 minutes. Combine stingray and mushrooms with white sauce and stir well. Pour mixture into a casserole dish. Cover with cracker crumbs and top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C until casserole is golden brown. Stingray The stingray has earned its bad reputation from the sharp and often poisonous sting on its tail. But in thousands of underwater encounters, the animal has never threatened me. Here in New Zealand we know three species of stingray: the short-tailed ray, the long-tailed ray and the eagle ray. Stingrays have a unique body design, as they fly through the water rather like birds in the sky. Rays are cartilaginous fishes like sharks and do not have swim bladders to adjust their buoyancy. As a result their archenemy, the orca, doesn’t find it easy to locate them using sonar. Furthermore, rays are adept at burrowing into the sand, with only a casual flick of their wings. Even though they have bad eyesight, stingrays are reasonably intelligent and grow quite old. The short-tailed ray holds the size record, with individuals recorded weighing over 500kg and wingspans of 3.5m. I’ve seen only one such monster and I had to back off before I realised what it was.