Having grown up on the ocean with cod, wild salmon and pollack as the main fish staples, it took some time to get used to the content of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. But after more than 20 years, I’ve come to have a keen appreciation for the walleye fished from our many lakes.
Last year some relatives gave us 4 pounds of walleye fillets after a weekend’s fishing expedition, and I found the following delicious recipe on fishingworks.com. My family, including the picky eaters in the lot, loves this recipe:
Baked Walleye Fillets
2 lb. walleye fillets
1/3 c. chopped green onion
1/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced (1 cup)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground white pepper
1 tsp. leaf marjoram, crumbled
2 Tbsp. dry white wine
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese or mild Cheddar
1/4 c. fresh bread crumbs
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Butter a baking dish, large enough so fish just slightly overlaps. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread green onions and mushrooms over the bottom of the dish and place fish over top. Season with salt, pepper and marjoram. Sprinkle with wine, lemon juice, cheese and bread crumbs. Drizzle melted butter over the crumbs. Bake for 4 minutes, then loosely place foil over fillets; do not seal the edges. Bake an additional 7 minutes or until fish is done.
Macaroni ‘N Fish Casserole
With a nod to my Norwegian heritage, my children love this kid-friendly and oh, so easy casserole dish that I grew up on some 20 years ago back in Bergen, Norway:
2 lb. cod fillets (or other white mild fish)
2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheese
2 eggs — whipped
1 cup breadcrumbs – ½ cup mixed in with the dish, ½ cup added on top
White sauce: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter, mix in 5 tablespoons flour, stir in 1 cup milk slowly and let the sauce boil a few minutes while you stir (avoid lumps). Add salt and pepper to taste.
Butter a glass baking dish, add cod fillets, macaroni, cheese, milk, half the breadcrumbs and eggs. Pour the sauce over the dish and add the half of the breadcrumbs on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Serve with boiled carrots and broccoli.
It is delicious!