Sunday, February 13, 2011

February 13 "The Sneaky Chef" Hi-Fi Fish Sticks

Audrey and I wanted to make homemade fish sticks but did not know where to find a good recipe. While looking through my Sneaky Chef cookbook I happened across an interesting recipe that I thought might work. I was a little skeptical because it called for whole wheat flour as part of the breading and included a cauliflower and zucchini puree in the egg mixture.It was a hit! Audrey kept reaching across the table to snag one more fish stick to eat. Even Maurene had one. We used tilapia which is a fish I can find on sale often. This is a new regular meal.

  • 1/2 cup flour, preferably whole wheat (thats what we used)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup White Puree (make ahead recipe #4)
  • 2 cups Better Breading (make ahead recipe #12)
  • 1 lb tilapia or flounder, cut into 1-inch wide strips
  • olive oil for pan frying
  • lemon wedges
Combine flour and salt in a shallow dish. Beat eggs with White Puree in another shallow dish and place next to the flour. Put the Better Breading in a third shallow dish. Dredge each piece of fish first in the flour and shake off the excess, then dip in the egg mixture, and then the Better Breading mixture. Press the breading evenly onto both sides of the fish. Lay on waxed paper or parchment paper. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat until hot but now smoking. Add a few fish sticks at a time, pan frying on one side until the crumbles look golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Watch for burning and turn down heat if necessary. Turn and cook on the other side 2 to 3 more minutes. Turn heat to low and continue cooking for 3 minutes or until fish is cooked through.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help make White Puree
  2. Help make Better Breading (actually it was Maurene)
  3. Help gather ingredients
  4. Crack eggs
  5. Measure ingredients
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Assist Audrey
  2. Dredge fish
  3. Pan fry
Audrey was too distracted to help because her daddy has a new RC helicopter. I had originally planned to have help me dredge the fish but I am glad she wandered off. This was a messy task and only toward the end was I able to figure out how to keep batter from getting everywhere (use a separate fork for each dish). Did I mention how much we loved this recipe?



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