Friday, August 30, 2013

{Baked} Fish Sticks

{Baked} Fish Sticks
Of course I made these for Michael.
(Sometimes) I'm a nice lady.

Now...technically these are supposed to be fish sticks buut...I may have not cut the fish small enough? So it's more like just...baked fish?
When I look at these pictures, it actually reminds me of "fish 'n' chips"...minus the chips.
{Baked} Fish Sticks
Michael loves fish and chips. And fish and chips make me think of British things, which makes me think about some of the hilarious people in my life. Let me elaborate:

Michael's best friend, David, is obsessed with all things British. He teaches Brit Lit at the high school Michael and I attended. He's basically in love with Queen Elizabeth (Tudor). His twin girls know all about the royal family-his daughter Kate especially loves hearing about Princess Kate. He has British flags um...everywhere.

One of my good friends in high school went through a strange phase senior year where...out of nowhere she would say something in a British accent and just speak like that for awhile and if someone pointed it out she'd be all "Oh? What? I am? I didn't even notice that! Strange." Um...you'd never been to England. You were just doing a strange thing and acting like it was unconscious lol.

Another friend in high school was also very obsessed with England (in addition to early, 18th century, America. She loves her some Thomas Jefferson). In college she did a semester abroad there and guess what? She bagged herself a Brit! Her first real boyfriend turned out to be an English boy and even after she had to come back to the states they visited each other often and then, a few months ago, they were married in a super charming wedding in the English countryside.
{Baked} Fish Sticks
Anyway, all those British stories don't have much to do with anything. I just think it's funny the obsession some people have with British culture. Even those of us who aren't obsessed are fairly interested in, say, Kate & William and little Prince George. 

Back to fish: I adapted this recipe a fair amount to work with the ingredients I had on hand, and I think the result was even better that way! Michael really really enjoyed these and if you like fish (and/or British culture? :P) then you will too! They're also pretty darn quick and easy to throw together, and on the healthy side. Huzzah!

 {Baked} Fish Sticks

Adapted from A Cozy Kitchen's "Homemade Fish Sticks"

{Baked} Fish Sticks
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. cod fillets (or Halibut or Tilapia)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Italian/whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pepper and 1 tsp. kosher salt
Preparation:
  • Thoroughly rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Cut fish into thin strips/"sticks" and then into 4 in. pieces.
  • Put flour in a medium bowl. Beat eggs in a separate bowl (may need anywhere from 2-3 eggs). On a plate combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  • Roll fish pieces in flour, shake off the excess, coat in the egg and then roll to coat in the crumb mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place coated fish on the prepared baking sheet. Spray tops with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
{Baked} Fish Sticks
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