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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Copy Cat Recipe: Filet O Fish

If you find yourself near a river you may just find your self enjoying a meal of fried fish. Around these parts the prefered would be catfish. If you are unable to dine on catfish there are many other ways you can enjoy fish. There is the frozen box kind at the grocery store or you can find many different styles of fish at the various restraunts.

The Filet o Fish is a legendary sandwich available at the place with the golden arches. In 1962 McDonalds owner Loe Groen, owned a shop located in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood of Cincinnati. Fridays during lent burgers were not selling. This was bad for business so to solve the problem he replaced red meat with fish.

The new sandwich would consist of a fried fish filet patty, a steamed bun, a squirt of tartar sauce and American cheese. Thus the Filet o Fish was introduced.

Filet-o-Fish Tartar Sauce
1/2 cup Kraft Miracle Whip
1/4 cup Vlasic dill relish
2 teaspoons dried, minced onion
2 teaspoons half & half
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice concentrate
10-12 capers (small), minced
1/8 teaspoon sugar

Combine in a small jar, mix very well, and refrigerate in an air-tight container until needed. Make this tartar sauce well in advance. (The flavors need to "meld.")

1 Van de Camps frozen breaded whitefish patty (Use any square whitefish patty -- not extra crisp -- like Mrs. Paul's, or even the store brand.)
1 small, regular hamburger bun
1 tablespoon prepared tartar sauce
1/2 slice real American cheese
1 dash salt
1 12"x12" sheet of waxed paper (to wrap)

Pre-heat your oven to warm. (This is your warming "bin.")

Cooking Your Filet-o-Fish
Pre-heat your fryer to 375-400 degrees. After it's ready, cook the fish 3-5 minutes until done. (Do NOT thaw first.)
Remove and add a dash of salt.
In the old days, the bun was quick warmed using a steamer. We'll use the microwave. Microwave the bun for about 10 seconds, until hot and steamy. (Do NOT toast the bun) Add about 1 tablespoon of prepared tartar sauce to crown side of the bun. Place the cooked fish filet on top, add 1/2 slice American cheese centered on the fish, and add heel of the bun. Wrap in a 12"x12" sheet of waxed paper and warm in oven's lowest setting for 8-10 minutes. Dig into a fabulous Filet-o-Fish!

An alternate "Q-ing" method would be to wrap the sandwich tightly in wax paper, let sit for 5 minutes, and microwave on high for 15 seconds (while still wrapped).

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