This has been a good eating week. Two food posts in one day! Good eating week but it might not be so good at weigh-in tomorrow morning!
Lunch was the leftover pea and ham risotto. Tonight I tried panko-crusted fish sticks. We aren’t really a seafood family. I like fish more now than when I was a kid. Doug doesn’t really like it much at all. But I found this recipe and wanted to try it.
They looked yummy from the start! This recipe is another that in the past I have avoided. Its only recently that I’ve started trying new things in the kitchen! I’ve never cooked with fish before unless you count canned fish. Fish is expensive though for a kid-type meal!
The fish sticks turned out just like the picture in spite of some substitutions. The blog post says that the panko bread crumbs add a little crispiness. I will agree! Unfortunately I didn’t realize until I was about ready to get the fish breaded and in the oven that I didn’t have an egg for the coating! A quick internet search and I chose to try melted butter instead. It turned out fine. Of course maybe it would have been better with the egg, who knows?
The 1 1/4 cups of bread crumbs ended up being way too much even though I was using a full pound of fish. I didn’t really taste much of the other spices I put in the breading. Maybe decreasing the bread crumbs will increase the flavor?
I was planning on fish sticks with sweet potato fries. I’ve had a bag in the freezer for awhile now. I love sweet potato fries. Alas, I don’t see any fries in the above picture, do you? I cooked half the bag and left it in the oven for the full cooking time without turning or stirring. The result was some charred fries! Luckily we had a pack of instant potatoes and we always have frozen veggies.
Considering fish sticks are supposed to be a kid-friendly meal, Allie didn’t seem overly enthusiastic. But she did eat a good amount, so I guess she liked it. Mama and Dada liked it. There are a lot of leftovers. That could be interesting because things with breading don’t always reheat well. Overall, this one will be in our rotation but maybe not as often as others.