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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fish- It's What's For Dinner & Lunch

Usually we have turkey, or chicken, for dinner. It's easy and suits our bland taste buds just fine ;) Well, dh would like steak or filet mignon but really...um, maybe he gets what he wants once or twice a year!

I had planned on baked fish for dinner last night but then forgot that I had to bake it. I was running out of time because the kids had 4H (which there wasn't anyone there so that didn't happen anyway) last night. No time for baking. I decided to try my hand at frying it... I recall fried fish from when I was young and honestly that is why I didn't like fish until I was about 27!

Here's my very first attempt at ever frying fish (and I'm 32!) and I must say, it turned out good!

Found a simple recipe for frying fish:

4 fish filets (thawed, if previously frozen and rinsed and patted dry with napkins/paper towels)
1 egg, beaten with 2 TBS water
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
however much garlic powder I felt like ;)
sprinkle of cayenne pepper and black pepper (wanted some flavor)
1/4 inch of oil in medium to large frying pan

Heat the oil on medium. In one shallow bowl large enough to put the fish in, mix flour, cornmeal, salt, peppers, and garlic powder well. In a separate bowl beat egg and water. Coat each fish filet in the egg mix and then the flour/cornmeal mix. Make sure to get both sides coated well with the flour/cornmeal mix.
Once oil is hot enough, carefully place 2 filets in the pan and cook for about 4 minutes on each side- until golden brown. Place on napkin/paper towel lined plate to drain the oil.
Since there were only 4 filets it took about 20 minutes total to cook...and less than 10 minutes prep time. 
We had peas to go with the fried fish.

Today we ate a late lunch because... well, I don't know why lol!
I did tell the kids however that if they didn't help me make lunch they wouldn't get any! Think of the Little Red Hen ;) How do you think that turned out?

AWESOME!! Lee made the tuna filling and Fox helped with the biscuits. They like to cook but sometimes, you know, other things seem like more fun (psssh, reading and playing Legos...lol).

For lunch we had what I call Tuna Turnovers. I've probably posted this recipe on here before- it's one of our staple food :)

Preheat oven to 450*

Tuna filling:
2 cans tuna, drained
up to 1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 can olives, sliced
mayo (just enough to make all stick together but it can be omitted all together, especially if you use enough cheese!)
mustard (mostly for flavor- I usually just use about 1 tsp?)
relish (this one sometimes is excluded and replaced with the mustard...and vice versa)
Mrs. Dash
Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients together. Simple :)

3 cups flour
1 TBS baking powder
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cubed cold butter
1 cup cold milk
Italian seasoning

Mix flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and Italian seasoning in a large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Pour in milk and mix just until combined. Turn out on lightly flour surface and fold/knead gently about 6 times. Pat out to 3/4 inches thick. Using a large round cookie cutter (2"?) make biscuits. Generally I get 14 biscuits from this recipe. 
With each round, flatten out and put some tuna mix in the center. Fold the biscuit in half and crimp the edges shut. Cook for 12-14 minutes (until golden).

I just now, after making this for close to 14 years, realized that this would super yummy with a fruit mix in the center (without the Italian seasoning in the biscuit mix!). I will have to try that :)

For dinner tonight we are supposed to have personal pizzas but... if the kids want them then they will have to make them... mwuhaaha...mean mom I am ;)


  1. Fun bunch of food today! We are having oyster sandwiches for dinner. . . yumm.

  2. hmmm oyster sandwiches...I don't know about that... maybe you'll share how it's done ?

  3. Yumm! I don't think I have ever fried anything either...and I'm 34. The fish looks really good!

  4. Maybe you stopped by to comment on my comment? :)

    We actually never made any fish until a week ago- not in 30 years! We did a simple salmon with marinade and grilled it. Yummy.

    The tuna turnovers look delicious.


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