On the menu for Tuesday was Homemade Fish Sticks. Now, I’m really not a fish-sticks-kind of person. My husband is actually the fish-stick-lover of the house. But seeing as how I really can’t remember the last time we had fish sticks (and I’m pretty sure they weren’t homemade…) and I had come across this homemade recipe before planning out meals, I figured it was a good time to do it for my husband again.
I had planned on making mashed potatoes to go with this, but the timing didn't work out so we had a salad with our fish sticks. (I went ahead with the potatoes to freeze them to be a side with another dinner. I added that in after the fish sticks.)
1 lb frozen white fish fillets, such as cod
1 c. all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. homemade bread crumbs*
¾ tsp salt
¾ tsp paprika
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Cut the fish fillets into strips. It really is best to do this when your fillets are still partially frozen. Believe me when I saw that this makes the cutting a lot easier – seriously, I speak from experience.
Okay, I found a really easy way to coat the fish sticks without my fingers getting coated in everything and looking like fish sticks themselves. Use one hand to pick each fish strip up and dump it in the flour bowl.
3 slices homemade bread
OR 4 slices of store-bought bread
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Cut the bread into strips and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the bread is dried out. Cool the strips on a cooling rack to prevent any remaining moisture from the bread to condense between the bottom of the bread and the hot pan.
Process the bread in a food processor or blender until bread crumbs are achieved.
While my bread slices were drying out, I washed and peeled 4lbs of white potatoes. (Not the russet potatoes, but the smaller lighter-colored potatoes.) I cubed them up and put them in my large stockpot. Once they were all cut up, I added enough cold water to cover the potatoes and put it over high heat. I boiled them until they were tender. They were done cooking around the time that the second batch of fish sticks were cooking up. I drained the potatoes and let them cool. Then I divided them into two small (8x5s maybe) tin pans. Cover them with foil and label "Cooked Cubed Potatoes - Thaw and top with pats of butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and shredded cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes". This will be a side for two dinners later.
Let me know if you try the Fish Sticks! I'd like to know how it worked for you!