Monday, October 20, 2008

Fried Fish and Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Jake's dad is the ultimate outdoorsman. He's a fish and wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (he's really good at his job). We are constanly blessed with the fruits of his hunting and fishing labors. Our freezer always has venison and fish in it - YUM! Now, I will admit it took me awhile to like venison but now I use it instead of beef. Plus, meat products from hunting and fishing are much more environmentally friendly than farm raised meat.

This evening we fried up some blue gill and catfish that Jake's dad caught. His dad makes a really good and simple breading. We had some really good sweet potato fries and jalapeno creamed corn on the side.

Fried Fish:
2/3 fryin' magic
1/3 cup finely crushed corn flakes
1/4 cup oil
fillets of fish
Place fish fillets in milk. Remove from milk and cover with breading. Heat oil to medium heat. Fry fish 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with lemon.
Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries (thanks to Mom for the idea):
3 large sweet potatoes, cut like steak fries
Generous amount of olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to fit yout taste)
1 tablespoon chili powder
salt and pepper
Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet. Combine oil, sugar, pepper, chili pepper, salt and pepper. Pour over sweet potatoes and make sure they are all coated. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

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