When I was at the Food Blog Forum a couple of of weeks ago, one of the speakers was an imagineer from Disney. I was impressed by his suggestion that we not be afraid to find inspiration in things that surprise us. In other words, think outside the box and go for it!Enter sweet potato chips.
As a gluten free person, I am always reading labels. Some snack foods are obviously off limits, like pretzels and pita chips. Other snacks are sometimes okay and sometimes not, like nuts and nacho chips. One day, I was in the snack aisle and I noticed a few varieties of sweet potato chips. Thinking all would probably be okay, I picked up one variety and was dismayed to see that it contained wheat ingredients. After reading them all, I found that only the most expensive bag was labeled gluten free. Ugh. Anyway, long story short, I bought the expensive chips and then felt guilty because here I was with a big bag of chips that I fully intended to eat all by myself. Sweet potatoes may be better for you, but chips are chips. So I started thinking of how I could use them as a coating on a main dish that I would feed the entire family (thereby spreading the fat consumption love). I ended up going a fish route.
These fish “sticks” did not end up being finger food. Although I announced to the family that we were having fish sticks, I made the kids use their forks. There was a little initial grumbling about manners and utensils, but as soon as they got some into their mouths, the complaints stopped. Who knew sweet potato coated cod would be so good?!
- 2 pound cod fillets
- 3 oz sweet potato chips, coarsely crushed
- 2 cups rice chex cereal, crush fine
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- olive oil
- Mix the chips, cereal, garlic powder, Old Bay and salt in a shallow bowl or pan.
- Cut the cod into 1 inch thick strips.
- Pour about ⅓ cup olive oil into a bowl.
- Dip the cod into the oil and then into the coating mixture.
- Set on a large rimmed baking sheet that has been sprayed with PAM.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes.