One of my talented smoking friends who goes by the name of Boatnut.. happens to be an excellent angler too. He so kindly sent an ice chest of perch filets that he had caught in the cold waters of his home state of Ohio.
The perch filets were really nice sized! Nothing like the little perch I catch here in Oklahoma.
I scored the skin to keep the filets from curling while cooking...
made a light coating of flour, cornmeal, salt, cayenne pepper and lemon pepper. Then fried until golden and crisp.
Made my hushpuppy batter and added minced onions, jalapenos and some whole kernals of corn. (I do the same with my cornbread batter for some reason, guess I like the added flavor :))
fried spoonfulls of hushpuppy batter until golden...
The panfried perch, hushpuppies and slaw....
These were soooooo tasty!
I let out one of those little whimpers (reserved for things like smoked bacon wrapped bacon) as I enjoyed the first bite..
Between Boatnut's perch and the walleye that smoking friend Phesant sent from Wisconsin last month, I'm tempted to move north. lol
Okay.... maybe I'll wait til winter is over and make a fishin' trip up that way during warmer weather. :)
If you see this... Thanks again Boatnut. The perch were excellent!