Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fish Fish and More Fish! (also tartar sauce)

So Todd and I got an invitation from Jo and Kenzie to fry up the fresh fish they caught and have a good, old-fashioned sit down dinner with friends, something that hasn't happened in a while.
We went over to their house and had a blast! We made three different types of fish. I got slime-y, fishy smelling fingers again along with Kenzie for it was us who skinned it.

Liquid batter, and frying in background

 The first batter was a thick liquid-y flour base with seasonings.1 c. flour, 1/4 baking powder, spices you like -, 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. water, 1 t. salt. Coat fish, fry.We found it needed some more salt, and I think it could have used something to give it oomph, like a bit of paprika or onion powder or something.

Before the Fry!

The second was a basic "crumb coat" for frying. Todd crushed the Ritz crackers and the procedure is simple. dip chunks of fish in beaten egg, dip in crushed crumbs, let sit for two minutes or so and then fry.
Fish Fry Fish Fry Everybody loves a Fish Fry!

The third was a healthier alternative to frying, of my design. I went through their "Indian Seasonings" canister and I knew basically what it all was. I put a mix of Chili, Paprika, Cumin, Pepper, Dehydrated onion, and such (sorry, forgot to write it all down!) on the fish in a pie pan with the skin still on. I dropped some lime juice on it and dotted with butter. Bake at 350 until white and flaky, should fall apart when pressed.  Yumm Yumm! Sorry no pictures of this one.

Finally, I made the tartar sauce at Jo's direction. I have never made homemade tartar sauce and don't normally use so it was interesting. It was Miracle whip with Sweet relish, and I added a bit of black pepper and too much Lime, they said it would have been a hit in Mexico! Citrus just goes with seafood in my opinion.

Results: What is better than a good time with friends? They liked the liquid batter better, but I think the crumb coat was good because of the added crunch, just needed a bit of seasonings or something to go with. We had a good meal rounded out by Green Beans, Corn, and Rice Pilaf (was hilarious to see Kenzie keep asking if it was browned enough)  With free fish (after paying for license for year or whatever) and what is in your cupboard, I think sooo much is gained by good memories!

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