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Creole Black Drum

Hello from Beautiful Topsail Island! Weather is wonderful with warm days and cool nights. Black drum are biting at the docks and bridges. Catch a mess and try this recipe.

Creole Black Drum

2 lbs black drum fillets
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
½ green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cayenne pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Coat a large baking dish with olive oil and lay fillets inside it. Top black drum with remaining ingredients and pour butter over dish. Bake 15-20 minutes until fish is done. Great with wild rice. Serves 4-5.

Till next time....
Tight lines!

Red Drum Recipes

Another great recipe from our kitchen and our readers. Enjoy! Johnny and Donna

Baked Carolina Redfish
2 pounds redfish fillets
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
dash pepper

Place fish in a lightly buttered shallow baking dish. In a cup combine remaining ingredients. Pour over redfish fillets and bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes. The baked redfish should flake easily with a fork when done. Serves 4 to 6.

Redfish Parmesan

6 redfish fillets, 8 to 10 ounces each
2 cups half and half cream
2 eggs
1 cup of flour
2 teaspoons white pepper
3/4 cup cracker meal
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons oregano
1 tablespoon basil
2 tablespoons parsley
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup olive oil
1/4 pound butter, unsalted
2 lemons cut in wedges, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the flour, half and half cream, eggs, oil and butter. Dust the fillets in the flour, then dip in cream and egg mixture. Coat with all of the other dry ingredients combined. Sauté fish in olive oil and butter on medium high heat until fillets are golden and fish starts to flake. Garnish redfish with lemon and parsley. Serves 3.

Creole Red Drum
1 lb red drum fillets
1⁄4 cup flour
1⁄2 cup chili sauce
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons minced onion
1⁄2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon minced parsley
2 tablespoons melted butter

Sprinkle drum with flour, salt, and paprika. Place in shallow greased baking pan. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over drum. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes basting frequently. Turn fish, bake another eight minutes or until done, basting frequently. Serves 3/4

Jim’s Fish Taco Recipe

Another great recipe from our kitchen and our readers.
Jim’s Fish Taco Recipe

Fish Taco Recipe (mine):
Sorry there are no quantities, it is all to taste.

Napa Cabbage
Sirachi Chili Sauce (Chinese Chili Sauce)
White Fish (I like grouper of course, but flounder or black bass are good, whatever is freshest)
Panko (Chinese bread crumbs)
Corn Tortillas 
Black Beans (Canned)
Eggs beaten
Canola Oil
Simple recipe but pretty darn good.
Slice cabbage very thin.  Combine mayo, lime juice (about a half of lime) and sirachi to taste,.  I use the hot sirachi with garlic. Combine cabbage and mayo, don't over do it with the mayo/sirachi, a little goes a long ways.  

I fry my corn tortilla, I try to get the best shape I can to hold the ingredients.  Next dip fish into beaten egg  and roll in Panko crumbs. If you've never used Panko you should, It is an excellent alternative to other breaders. (try a boneless pork chop pan fried with panko- awesome!)
Fry Fish, place on metal mesh to drain and salt, not paper towel.
Heat beans, use a stick blender to puree the beans. You can serve the beans as a side dish with a dollop of sour cream or use sparingly on the taco.
Combine shell, beans, fish and top with cabbage and maybe a squeeze of fresh lime. 

Cerveza recommended

Thanks Jim!

Johnny and Donna

Flounder Italian Style

Another great recipe from our kitchen and our readers.

This flounder recipe is delicious and really easy.

2 pound flounder fillets.
1 can Campbell's condensed tomato soup
1 small onion
1/8 cup parmesian cheese
1/8 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper

Spray a shallow glass baking dish with Pam. Arrange flounder fillets skin side down. Ad some black pepper, but don't add any salt, as there is plenty of salt in the tomato soup. Slice onion thinly and place over flounder fillets. Ad black pepper and italian spices. Pour tomato soup onto the fillets. Don't add any water. Cover with aluminum foil. Place into a 350* oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle liberally with parmesian cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve hot with cole slaw or salad.

Johnny and Donna

Sea Mullet and Hush Puppies with Coleslaw

An interesting tid-bit: HUSH PUPPIES, A Southern U.S. specialty consisting of balls of cornmeal batter, seasoned with chopped onion, garlic, etc. and fried. The name supposedly originated when Southern hunters were gathered about the fire to cook the evening meal, and the dogs would start barking and begging for food. The cook would drop bits of corn meal batter and toss them to the hungry dogs with the admonition, 'hush, puppy!'" Now back to the recipe!

Hush Puppies
1 Large onion, diced
1 16-ounce can tomatoes
1 16–ounce cream-style corn
Salt and pepper to taste
Tabasco Sauce to taste
3 cups self-rising cornmeal
1 cup self-rising flour

For hush puppies: Combine onion, tomatoes, and corn in large bowl. Mix thoroughly, using hands to mash and combine. Add salt, pepper, and Tabasco.

In another bowl, combine cornmeal and flour. Add just enough of the tomato-corn mixture to make a thick, doughy paste. Use teaspoon to shape hush puppies into rounded ovals. Drop into deep fat fryer and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. They will float to the top and turn themselves over when done. Remove, drain, and serve with mullet.

2 to 4 pounds mullet, catfish, or mackerel
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup seasoned flour (salt and pepper added)
1 package crackers (Charles uses Ritz), crushed into fine crumbs

For mullet: Combine milk and eggs. Roll fish in seasoned flour. Dip into egg-milk mixture and then into cracker crumbs until well coated. Drop fish into deep fat fryer and cook until they float to top, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and drain. Serve hot with hush puppies.

Old-Fashioned Cole Slaw

1 small head cabbage
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 small onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Pinch of salt
Paprika for color

Chop cabbage into finely cut pieces using hand chopper or food processor. Mix sugar, vinegar, and mayonnaise together until thoroughly blended.

Pour mixture over chopped cabbage and combine well. Add minced onion, celery seed, and salt. Mix again. Sprinkle paprika over top for color and cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Johnny and Donna

Aunt Clara's Shrimp Gumbo

Another great recipe from our kitchen and our readers.

* 1 pound fresh shrimp
* 3 medium onions
* 1 quart water
* 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
* 1/4 cup raw rice
* 1/2 pound okra
* butter
* 1 tablespoon flour
* 4 tomatoes (canned tomatoes may be used)
* 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
* 2 bay leaves
* a pinch each of salt, pepper, and sugar

Boil the shrimp and one of the onions, chopped, in 1 quart of water with the vinegar for 10 minutes. Reserve the water. Peel and clean the shrimp. Cover the rice and okra with one inch of water and cook dry. Fry the remaining onions, finely chopped, in butter over low heat, smooth in the flour, and add the shrimp stock, then the okra, rice, shrimp, tomatoes, and seasoning. Simmer for 20 minutes and serve piping hot.

Johnny and Donna

Teriyaki Grilled Fish

* 1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
* 1/4 cup apple juice
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 pounds fish fillets
* chopped scallions, to garnish

Mix first seven ingredients, pour over fish, and chill for at least an hour. Grill the fish, basting occasionally with the marinade, or bake in a greased pan at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Garnish with scallions and serve over rice.