Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe

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These little fish run in the Great Lakes area early in the spring. Hand nets are used for dipping them. (Catching them)

They are small and very tasty making them a nice spring treat.

This recipe is just basically Flour, egg, and milk with salt and pepper used for seasoning.

If you have smelt available give this Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe a try; they’re crispy and delicious.

Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 – 2 pounds smelt (cleaned and rinsed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk. Place 1 cup of flour in a shallow dish; salt and pepper to taste. Place the other cup of flour in another shallow dish.
  2. Lightly coat each fish one at a time in the plain flour, dip in the egg mixture and then roll in the seasoned flour. (lightly coat a platter with flour to place the fish on before you cook them, to keep them from sticking on the plate)
  3. Place about ¼ inch of oil in a cast iron fry pan over medium high heat and cook smelt until browned on both sides and crispy. (cook in batches) Place smelt on paper toweling to drain. (if oil starts to get too brown from the flour start a new batch with fresh oil)

 

Rabbit Cacciatore

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rabbit-cacciatore recipe

This Rabbit Cacciatore is perfect for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This recipe has a delicious combination of flavors and tastes exceptionally good on a cold night.

If you have rabbit meat available give this one a try you wont be disappointed, it is delicious.

Rabbit Cacciatore
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into 6 – 8 pieces (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine (I used homemade cherry wine)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced) or more to taste
  • 3/ cups fresh mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
  • 2 red bell peppers (seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 1 can sliced black olives (4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, ½ tablespoon thyme, and pepper into a food grade disposable bag and work with your hands to combine.
  2. Shake rabbit pieces in flour mixture one piece at a time. In a large skillet over high heat using the olive oil cook rabbit until nicely browned on both sides; set aside on a platter.
  3. browned rabbit-cacciatore
  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms and pepper pieces and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes. Stir in the other ½ tablespoon of thyme and the rosemary. Add the wine to the skillet and using a spoon scrap any dripping from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about in half. (about 1 minute)
  5. rabbit-cacciatore sauce prep picture
  6. rabbit-cacciatore tomato prep picture
  7. Reduce heat to low - place the rabbit pieces back into the pan and pour the diced tomatoes over the top. Add the bay leaf, cover, and cook until rabbit is tender. (domestic rabbit meat 35 minutes – wild may take longer depending on the rabbit)
  8. remove rabbit to a serving platter, add the olives, and continue cooking sauce until sauce starts to thicken. (about in half)
  9. rabbit-cacciatore sauce reduction
  10. Serve rabbit and sauce over spaghetti.

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew

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This Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew recipe is great for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This rabbit stew is cooked in a slow cooker so the meat is guaranteed to turn out tender.

I boned out the rabbit, and cut the meat into cubes, but you can you use whole rabbit pieces if you would like to shorten the prep time, but it was nice not having to deal with the bones after it was cooked.

If you have wild or domestic rabbit meat on hand give this one a try; it’s delicious.

I served the rabbit stew with homemade buttermilk biscuits – recipe here.

Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into serving size pieces-or cut into stew meat
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 ounces)
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 7 slices bacon (cut into half inch pieces)
  • 2 medium carrots (sliced crosswise)
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced crosswise)
  • 3 medium potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size cubes)
  • 1 large onion chopped or 2 medium
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Place rabbit meat in the bottom of the slow cooker and season with the pepper. If you are using boneless rabbit pieces you can mix the rest of the ingredients except for the flour right in the slow cooker. If you are using cut up rabbit (legs, back and ect.) mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, except for the flour, and pour the mixture over the rabbit.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  3. minutes before done in a small bowl mix the flour and ½ cup water together until smooth. Stir the flour mixture into the stew and continues cooking for 30 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving.

This recipe was inspired by Food.com

Pan Fried Lake Trout Recipe

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lake trout recipe

Fresh from the lake into the frying pan -This is a moist and delicious trout recipe.

The fishing was good here on Keweenaw Bay this week, producing a nice Lake Trout catch, so I decided to post this Pan Fried Lake Trout recipe. This fish coating browns nicely, has a nice crunch, and complements the fish flavor very well.

This recipe works well for either Lake Trout or Salmon.

If you want a little bit of a change from your regular fish coating recipe give this one a try. Enjoy

Pan Fried Lake Trout Recipe
 
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  • 4 -6 Lake trout fillets (depending on size)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup saltine crackers (crushed – about ½ package)
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ½ cup milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow bowl (I like to use a pie dish)whisk together the Parmesan cheese, crackers, garlic salt, cornmeal, and black pepper. In a medium size bowl mix together the eggs and milk until well combined.
  2. Pat fish dry with paper toweling, dip fish in the milk mixture, and then roll them in the dry mixture pressing lightly to coat.
  3. Cook fish in a large skillet using the oil over medium high heat until fish is nicely browned on both sides and separates easily with a fork (about 5-7 minutes per side).
  4. Serve hot with lemon wedges.

 

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe

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Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe

Wild Chanterelle mushrooms and zucchini fresh out of the garden adds up to a delicious summertime treat. This is a simple side dish recipe that doesn’t require much prep or cooking time. If you’re not a mushroom forager purchase them from the store and substitute Portabella mushrooms for the Chanterelle’s.

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces Chanterelle mushrooms (large ones sliced or quartered)
  • 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • 1 zucchini (cut into ½ inch chunks)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat melt the butter, and then add the oil. Place all the ingredients in the skillet except for the salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms have given up there moisture and the mixture starts to brown; salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve Hot

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Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce

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Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

This slow cooker rabbit recipe has a great combination of flavors, and because its cooked in the slow cooker both wild an domestic rabbit meat turns out nice and tender. This recipe is quick to put together so you can go about your day and have supper close to ready at the right time; just finish it off by cooking the spaghetti.

If you have rabbit meat on hand give this Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

a try; it’s very good.

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit (cut into pieces 2 ½ to 3 pounds)
  • vegetable oil for browning
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 8 ounces of baby
  • 8 Baby Portabella mushrooms (quartered)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 package dry Zesty Italian dressing mix
  • 1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 4 ounces of chives with onion cream cheese spread
  • ½ cup white wine (I had homemade cherry wine on hand so I used that)
  • 4 green onion (green part sliced for garnish – optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet using the oil cook the rabbit until nicely browned on both sides and place the rabbit pieces on top of the mushrooms.
  3. In a medium size saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and then add the wine, mix in the golden mushroom soup, dressing mix, and cream cheese and continue cooking until cheese is melted. (mixture will look kind curdled) Pour the mixture over the rabbit.
  4. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until rabbit is fall off the bone tender.
  5. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Serve the rabbit on top of the spaghetti with the sauce.
  6. Garnished with the green onions if using.

 

Fish and Chips Recipe

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fish and chips recipe

I am always looking for good fish recipes – this recipe looked like a little bit of work but I thought I would give it a try anyway. You can use any good quality white fish for this recipe. I decided to use crappies I had caught on a recent fishing trip. This recipe is a complete fish fry recipe with directions on how to prepare the fish and fries.
If you have the time give this Fish and Chips Recipe a try; it’s really good.
(If the fish co-operate blackened lake trout will be the next fish recipe I post)

Fish and Chips Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds fish fillets (you can use any thickness of fish - just adjust your deep frying time accordingly. I have found for pan fish, that when they are a nice golden brown, they are done.)
  • 1 ½ cups beer (cold)
Instructions
  1. Place fries in a microwavable bowl and toss with ¼ cup of oil. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 6 – 8 minutes or until fries are limp and translucent, stirring half way through the cooking cycle. When uncovering the fries turn the plastic wrap from the side away from you to avoid getting burnt by the steam. Place the fries in a colander to drain any excess oil and rinse with cold water. Place fries in a single layer, on a layer of paper towing or paper bag to dry and reach room temperature (10 to 6o minutes.)
  2. fish and chips fries
  3. While the potatoes are resting in a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, cayenne, paprika, pepper, and 2 teaspoons salt. Take ¾ cup of the flour mixture and place it in a shallow dish like a pie plate and then mix the baking powder into the bowl ingredients.
  4. Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
  5. fish and chips coating mix
  6. Deep fry fries in batches until golden brown and place on paper toweling to drain.
  7. While the fries are cooking make the batter mix by adding 1¼ cups beer into flour mixture in the bowl. Batter should be thin enough so it runs in a steady thin stream off a whisk or a spoon. (Add more beer if necessary 1 tablespoon at a time).
  8. fish and chips beer batter
  9. Bring deep fryer back to 375, pat fish dry and roll in the dry flour mixture. Dip fillets into the batter letting any excess run off – deep fry until golden brown. (For thicker pieces of fish, like 1 inch or more, I use an instant read thermometer and cook to 140F. just check a piece or two to see where they are at.)
  10. Drain on paper toweling and serve with the fries.

Adaped with a few changes from Cooks Country

Bacon Wrapped Salmon Recipe

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bacon wrapped salmon recipe

This Bacon Wrapped Salmon Recipe is simple, doesn’t require many ingredients, and cooks quick so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. the bacon covering the salmon gives it a good flavor and keeps the fish nice and moist.

Bacon Wrapped Salmon Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 (4 ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ pound bacon (cut in half)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a shallow baking dish with olive oil. (I used a 9 x 11 casserole dish)
  3. Rinse and pat salmon dry with paper toweling. Place salmon skin side down in a single layer, salt and pepper to taste, and then sprinkle the garlic powder and dill over the top. Lay the slices of bacon over the top of the salmon covering the salmon completely; don’t overlap the pieces of bacon.
  4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until salmon separates easily with a fork (145F.) Turn the oven on broil and continue baking until bacon is crispy. (Watch closely the bacon cooks fast)
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from All Recipes

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Quick and Easy Clam Chowder for Two

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clam chowder for 2

This Quick and Easy Clam Chowder for Two Recipe doesn’t take a lot of prep, or cooking time, so you can have on the table in less than an hour. The recipe basically consists of canned clams, clam juice, milk, and a little cream with some onion and seasonings added. The end result is a smooth and creamy clam chowder dish.

The next time you’re in the mood for clam chowder give this recipe a try; it’s quick, easy, and delicious. Enjoy

Quick and Easy Clam Chowder for Two
 
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Serves: 2
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  • 2 cans minced clams (6.5 ounces each)
  • 1 bottle clam juice (8 ounces)
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon (cut into ½ inch pieces – I used thin sliced because that is what I hand on hand. Just double the number of slices)
  • ½ medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 large red potatoes (cleaned, and cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ to 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped)
Instructions
  1. Drain clams and reserve the liquid into a large measuring cup and add the bottled clam juice. You should have 2 ½ cups, if not, add enough water to equal 2 ½ cups.
  2. In a heavy bottom sauce pan cook bacon over medium high heat until bacon begins to get crispy, add the onion and continue cooking until the bacon is crisp and onion is softened. Mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, and then stir the flour into the mixture until well coated. Mix in the clam juice, potatoes, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Remove the bay leaf, stir in the clams and parsley, and then mix in the cream. (Add the amount of cream to create the texture you want) salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking until heated through.
  4. Serve Hot

Adapted from Cooks Country

 

Long Grain and Wild Rice Stuffed Trout

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stuffed brown trout recipe

At least once a year I like to stuff and bake a whole trout, or salmon. It’s is a healthy alternative to deep frying, or pan frying.
I decided to get one last fishing trip in before winter sets in, and it produced a nice brown trout so I decided to put this Long Grain and Wild Rice Stuffed Trout recipe on the menu for supper.
If you have fresh trout or salmon available give this recipe a try; it’s really good.

Long Grain and Wild Rice Stuffed Trout
 
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Serves: 1 to 2 fish
Ingredients
  • 1 – 2 whole trout (I used one 18 inch brown trout for this recipe for 2 people)
  • 1 package long grain wild rice (I used Uncle Bens)
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 small green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 slices apple smoked bacon (cut in half)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  3. While rice is cooking melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook the mushrooms, green pepper, and onion until tender, and liquid is evaporated. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant; (About 30 seconds) add the rice mixture into the skillet and mix until toughly combined, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Pat fish dry using paper toweling and sprinkle with salt and pepper inside and out. Place the fish in a shallow baking pan lined with aluminum foil lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Stuff cavity with stuffing, placing any extra stuffing, in front and behind the fish and arrange the bacon over the top.
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until fish is done. (Fish will flake easily with a fork - internal temperature of 145F.)
  6. Serve hot with lemon wedges