Cornmeal Fish Sticks

Behold the new favorite fried meal in our house – Cornmeal Fish Sticks with Chipotle ketchup and baked acorn squash.  
We have a local mill in town and they make the best stone ground corn meal.  I pulled this good stuff out the other night for an easy fish stick recipe that is sure to please.  

In one bowl, whisk 2 eggs.  In another bowl, stir 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, and fresh ground pepper

Slice 12 oz of tilapia – about 4 fillets.  

Coat fish slices in eggs, let extra egg mixture drip off and then

transfer to the cornmeal mixture.  Pat to ensure cornmeal mixture sticks to fish slices. 

In a large skillet, heat 1 cup cooking oil over medium-high heat.  In batches, cook the fish slices until golden brown and opaque throughout. 
Cook fish slices 4-6 minutes, turning once.  If fish starts to cook too quickly, turn heat down.  

Place on a foil lined baking sheet in a 250 degree oven to keep warm.

I realized that after all these years I have been cooking acorn squash incorrectly.  Tonight, I sprayed both sides with olive oil, and placed the acorn squash hollow side down in the baking dish.  I then baked it at 425 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until soft.  The inside was much moister and tastier.  Flipping the squash over was an easy way to prevent drying out.  Now, I just add the flavorings to the inside at the end of cooking.  
Serve fish sticks with ketchup or spicy ketchup – simply mix ketchup with a dash of chipotle sauce for an extra tasty dipping sauce.  
Cornmeal Fish Sticks
1. In one bowl, whisk 2 eggs.  In another bowl, stir 1/2 cup flour1/2 cup cornmeal, and fresh ground pepper
2. Slice 12 oz of tilapia (about 4 fillets) into 1-inch thick strips.  Coat fish slices in eggs, let extra egg mixture drip off and then transfer to the cornmeal mixture.  Pat to ensure cornmeal mixture sticks to fish slices. 
3. In a large skillet, heat 1 cup cooking oil over medium-high heat.  In batches, cook the fish slices until golden brown and opaque throughout.  Cook fish slices 4-6 minutes, turning once.  If fish starts to cook too quickly, turn heat down.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet in a 250 degree oven to keep warm while frying the rest of the fish.  Serve fish sticks with ketchup or spicy ketchup – simply mix ketchup with a dash of chipotle sauce
  

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