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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Crispy, Crunchy, Grown-Up Finger Food!

Happy Tuesday all! My new job has been keeping me from my blog posts, so I want to give you a little picture montage of the past few weeks! Keep scrolling because there is an awesome and easy salmon recipe below!

Homemade mini pretzels!
Boy do I love pretzels...these are dangerously addictive!
I served them with dijon mustard and warm peanut butter.

Mini pretzels WITH mini calzones!!!!
Whole wheat crust, filled with ooey, gooey,
mozzarella, pepper jack, basil, and tomato sauce.

Orzo pasta salad! Warm olive oil dressing
drizzled on top and sprinkled with mint.

Flatbread pizza covered in warm mozzarella,
blue cheese, jack, parsley, and FIGS!!!
Perfect for fall!
Parmesan Fish Sticks
Giada De Laurentiis

  • 1 (18-ounce) center-cut salmon fillet, about 9 by 4 inches, skinned
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
Dipping Sauce
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup lowfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or chives

For the Fish Sticks:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the salmon fillet and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the fish in half to make 2 fillets each about 4 by 4 1/2-inches in size. Starting on the longest edge, slice the fillets into 1/2-inch pieces. Lay the widest pieces, from the center, cut side down, and slice in half lengthways so all the pieces are equally about 1/2 by 1/2 by 4 1/2-inches in size.
  3. Place the flour in a medium bowl and season with the salt and pepper. Place the egg whites in another bowl and beat until frothy, about 30 seconds. Combine the Parmesan and bread crumbs in a third bowl.
  4. Coat the salmon pieces in the seasoned flour and pat to remove any excess flour. Dip the floured salmon in the egg whites and then into the Parmesan mixture, gently pressing the mixture into the fish. Place the breaded salmon pieces on a liberally oiled baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with the olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
For the Dipping Sauce:
  1. Mix the mayonnaise, yogurt, Dijon mustard, and parsley (or chives, if using) in a small dipping bowl.
  2. Arrange the fish sticks on a serving platter and serve with the dipping sauce.
Cook's Note: The fish sticks can also be dipped in ketchup, marinara sauce, pesto, ranch dressing or vinaigrette.

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