"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

Cornfried Tilapia w/ Homemade French Fries Recipe

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This recipe for Cornfried Tilapia w/ Homemade French Fries, by , is from Cooking Diary of a Texas Cowgirl, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Denise Sypesteyn
Added: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
8-10 Tilapia filets (trout or catfish can also be used)
2 cups fine grained corn meal or packaged “fish fry” mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 medium sized bowl of milk

Directions:
Directions:
Place fish filets in milk and let soak for about five minutes. Season corn meal with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Coat the fish filets in the corn meal mixture and fry in deep fry pan or stockpot until crispy and golden brown. Garnish with wedges of fresh lemon.

Homemade French Fries

Cut 4-5 large Idaho potatoes into long ˝-inch strips. Shock the potato strips in an ice bath for about 10 minutes. Remove and pat dry. Place in freezer until firm and very cold. Remove and pat dry with towel again, to remove any moisture. Season potatoes with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Fry in small batches in hot cooking oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately to avoid getting soggy.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4-6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
30 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:

My father and brothers enjoyed fishing in their spare time and were nearly always successful at bringing home an ice chest full of fresh fish. There are several large lakes and rivers in the Texas hill country, so the catch of the day was often trout or catfish. (I have found Tilapia to be terrific fish of choice, as well.) A “fish fry” was always another good reason to get together with family and friends. Deep-fried fish is well complemented with either homemade French fries or East Texas hushpuppies.
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