Joel loves to fish and more specifically, Walleye fish. Each spring he usually gets enough for us to freeze and then we enjoy it through the winter. This spring he hasn’t been able to fish as much as he usually does, but I’m really hoping he can get out more in a few weeks, because he really does love it. Plus, it’s a blessing to have fresh caught fish!
This recipe is a favorite around here and my mom absolutely loves it. She even requested it for the birthday dinner I cooked for her this year.
If you don’t have Walleye, I think this recipe would work with almost any kind of firm white fish.
1 lb cooked Walleye~ I usually just place it in a 9×13 with some melted butter and lemon juice, seasoned with salt and pepper. (350 degrees for 15-20min or until it flakes when pulled with a fork)
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
8 oz. shredded cheddar
4 1/2 cups potatoes shredded
1 onion chopped
3-4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs (These are so easy to make. I just take any leftover bread and crumb it in my coffee grinder. I place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven after I have finished baking something. It dries them out nicely. Just stir them a time or two to make sure they all get dried out. Then I place the dried crumbs in jars that I have in my freezer just for this purpose. When I’m ready to use them I get out the amount I need and season them up.
1. cook fish
2. par-boil potatoes and onion in boiling water for about 5 minutes. You want to soften them, but you don’t want them mushy. I always sample some to see where they are at. Not very technical , but hey this is country cooking! Drain the water off and your ready to go….or you can go for the easier route and use frozen shredded potatoes. (I just never have these on hand!)
3. Mix fish, potatoes, onions, mayo, eggs, and cheese together in large bowl.
4. Add in the seasoned dry bread crumbs starting with 2 cups. Then keep adding until you can make a patty that will stay together and not fall apart. Again not technical….rather a trial and error type cooking!
5. Fry in small amount of butter or oil. I use my electric skillet so that I can do 6 at a time. I use just a smidgen of oil with it. I don’t like anything that has been soaked in oil. YUCK! If your pan is non-stick it will only take a small amount. Fry till golden brown on both sides.
As for the amount this makes…..I’m going to guess about 14-16 patties….depending on the size you make. I keep forgetting to count the number of patties it makes….sorry.
Serve with tartar sauce or ketchup.