Gluten-Free Lemon Pepper Fry Coating Mix
If you’ve never been to a Friday Night Fish Fry in Wisconsin you don’t know what you’ve been missing. What you may not know is that it isn’t just about the food…
Typically found at supper clubs dotted alongside the country roads outside the edge of small towns scattered throughout the Holyland and around the state, Wisconsin Fish Frys are one of the Midwest life sorts of things that make this state so unique. If you’ve never experienced a supper club fish fry, there are a few things you need to know about it other than you should arrive early to avoid the long wait if you’re hungry.
But arriving early isn’t what the evening is about. If you want to do the “Supper Club Experience” in true Wisconsin fashion, you’ll want to make a night of it.
Friday Night Fish Frys
For anyone who doesn’t know what a Friday Night Fish Fry is, it’s a decades-old supper club tradition filled with old-fashioned hospitality, slow-paced dining, and food cooked from scratch at family-run restaurants called Supper Clubs.
The Supper Club Experience
We Wisconsinites and Midwestern foodies “in the know” love our supper clubs and the “Supper Club Experience.” If you’re unfamiliar with the dining concept, it’s based upon a bygone era where the journey is going out to dinner in an experience that lasts an entire evening.
If you’re looking for fast food and an establishment where you can eat and run, you won’t find it at many of the long-standing family-owned restaurants scattered throughout the small towns of Wisconsin.
Though what you will find with these supper clubs is “from scratch” made regional specialties that include foods like all-you-can-eat fried fish, deep-fried chicken, and fried pickles, among the weekly attractions. With meal accompaniments like funeral slaw, fry bread, and complimentary relish trays, don the tables.
You’ll want to come early and be prepared to wait (for a while) drinking a Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet (maybe a few) to add to the tradition and laid-back atmosphere that warms up the entire evening.
So, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, you can imagine my disappointment in thinking that my fish fry Fridays were over forever. That was until developing my gluten-free versions of a fish fry batter and this Lemon Pepper Fry Coating Mix that I could make at home.
Like the fry mix used by many Wisconsin restaurants (only gluten-free) – this mildly spicy coating has become one of our favorites. It’s excellent for pan-frying or oven baking your fish, coating fried vegetables, or even used for making homemade deep-fried pickles.
Naturally, you’ll still need to make a Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet to enjoy while waiting for the fish to fry. And, of course, you should incorporate your unique touch of atmosphere sprinkled with good conversations and laid-back times spent with family and friends!
Gluten-Free Lemon Pepper Fry Coating Mix
- small bowl
- ⅓ cup Corn Masa Flour
- ¼ cup Panko Style gluten-free Plain Bread Crumbs
- ½ teaspoon White Pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried Lemon Peel Zest
- ¼ teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- The recipe makes enough to coat up to six, 4 oz. Cod, Haddock or Panfish loins or filets
- Combine all ingredients in a small zipper bag. Zip the bag closed and shake to combine.
- This coating can be used as a dry seasoned coating directly on the fish and vegetables or used as a dredge after soaking the fish or vegetables in milk or egg. Either way, I’ve had luck with delicious results.
(Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.)
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