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Perfect recipe for baking smaller fish

From the water to the boat to the process and then to the table, what a tasty dinner we were served at our son’s house after spending a day on the lake fishing. This is a perfect way to serve smaller fish such as crappies, sunfish or perch. The seasoned crumb mixture produces a crispy baked coating.

Parmesan Crusted Fish

Serving size: 4

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 pound fish-crappies, sunfish or perch

Place the butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings. Dip fish in butter, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in a greased 15- by 15-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Boiled Potato and Cheese Bake

Serving size: 6-8

4 cups diced boiled potatoes

1/4 cup chopped green pepper - I use red pepper

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup Pimento-optional

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup milk

1/4 pound Velveeta Cheese, cubed

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup crushed corn flakes

Mix potato and other vegetables. Season. Heat milk with Velveeta and butter over medium heat, stirring, until cheese is melted. Stir into potatoes. Spoon into casserole and cover with crushed corn flakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Puppy Chow

1 cup peanut butter

6 ounce bag dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter or margarine

14 ounce box Crispix or Chex cereal

2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

Melt together the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter; pour over cereal and mix gently. Put one cup of powdered sugar in a large brown grocery sack, pour cereal into bag and place remaining powdered sugar on top. Fold top of the bag and gently shake the bag to coat all coated cereal, add more powdered sugar if needed to make sure all cereal is coated. Allow to cool and place in an airtight container or bag. This works great bagged in pint ziplock bags, one recipe will fill approximately six bags.

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