Today when Matt Swaim and I chatted about the different Lenten customs around the world, we first talked about the significance of 40 days of Lent which doesn’t include Sundays.
Throughout the Bible there are references to events taking place over 40 days or years, such as the Israelites’ 40 years in the desert or Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and prayer in the desert. In the biblical sense, “Forty days is another way of saying ‘long enough’ or ‘enough time.’ I also shared this kids and adults favorite fried fish. Even older, stale pretzels work fine.
Fried Fish with Pretzel CrustWow! is all I have to say about this recipe. We had some for dinner with a side of broccoli and slaw. This recipe makes excellent fish for sandwiches, too. Soo good! The pretzels make the fish extra crunchy.12-16 oz. filets, thawed and patted dry if frozen – I used cod filets (I cut them into sticks)Mix together and place in shallow plate:3/4 cup flour1 teaspoon seasoning salt or regular salt – I used Lawry’s seasoning saltFreshly ground black pepper to taste – I used several grindsIn separate bowl, beat lightly:2 eggsIn another bowl put:1/2 generous cup crushed pretzels – I used pretzel sticks but your favorite will work (I’m thinking next time I might try the spicy flavored pretzels)Neutral oil, like Canola or Corn oil, for frying heated to 350 degrees ***- I used a 10″ saute pan and filled it with 1/2″ oilDry fish with paper towels. Then dredge all over in flour, then dip all over in egg and then place in crushed pretzels, coating very well all over.Fry unti golden brown on both sides – in my skillet it took about 5 minutes total, but my fish was not real cold. You’ll know it’s done when it flakes with a fork.Serve with tartar sauce.*** At 350 degrees, a little cube of bread will turn golden very quickly.