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Memories from Home: Fried Fish and ……

Growing up, my family would have fish frys at least three times a month. My mom would fry up a batch catfish or whiting. With the fish she would make smothered potatoes & onions, spaghetti, and a basic tossed salad.

At every fish fry, you can count on my paternal grandmother (Granny) being there filling the house with love & laughs. One thing that perplexed me was that my grandmother would spread yellow mustard on her fish along with adding a few dashes of hot sauce between a slice of white bread. I tried it once. The key word was once.

I never ate fish with mustard until today. I decided to update Granny’s version by replacing white bread with a savory waffle. The yellow mustard has been kicked up with hot sauce and maple syrup for a sweet, salty, and spicy sauce for the fish.

Savory Waffle

1 cup of Flour
1 cup of Whole Milk
2 Large Eggs
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Baking Soda
1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup Canola Oil

ONEAdd all ingredients to a large bowl.
TWOWhisk until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. NOTE:DO NOT BEAT UNTIL SMOOTH. SMOOTH BATTER CREATES A TOUGH WAFFLE.
THREEAdd batter to waffle maker.
FOURCook batter according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Buttermilk Fried Fish

4 Tilapia Fillets
3 cups Buttermilk
2 cups Flour
2 tablespoons Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
5 cups Canola Oil

ONESoak tilapia fillets in buttermilk for at least 3 hours.
TWOHeat oil to 350 degrees.
THREECombine remaining dry ingredients in a bowl.
FOURDredge tilapia fillets in flour mixture.
FIVEFry fish until golden brown on both sides.

Sweet & Spicy Mustard

1/2 cup Yellow Mustard
1/4 cup Sriracha Hot Sauce (choose your favorite hot sauce)
3 tablespoons Maple Syrup

ONECombine ingredients in a small bowl
TWOMix thoroughly.

Fish & Waffles

Fish & Waffles

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