Nebraska is in the Central Plains of North America. With the temperatures changing rapidly the winters are cold, summers are hot, and it is the best place to fish. There are over 100 fish species of fish, and it is estimated that 78 are native to Nebraska.
Nebraska is renowned for its rivers, streams, lakes, and multiple reservoirs. The most popular fish categories include sport fish, panfish, sunfish, commercial fish, baitfish, and non-game fish. July is recognized as National Fishing Month.
See below recipe for Panko Crusted Perch
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
• 1 pound of boneless perch fillets
• 2 to 3 large eggs
• ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour
• 1½ cup of Panko breadcrumbs
• 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, plus extra
• Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
• 1 cup of mayonnaise
• 4 teaspoons of Sriracha sauce
• 4 teaspoons of lemon juice
• Vegetable oil for frying
• Lemon wedges, for serving
1. To make the spicy mayo, combine mayonnaise, Sriracha, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Add or subtract amount of Sriracha to taste. Set aside.
2. Assemble your dredging station: In a wide bowl, beat eggs until no whites are visible and mixture begins to form small bubbles at the edges. Pour Panko breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl/dish and season with 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Then pour flour into another. Heat frying oil to 325 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. First lightly coat a perch fillet with flour, shaking off excess, and then dip it into the egg mixture and then finally coat with Panko. Fry on both sides until golden and drain on paper towels or a cooling rack. Repeat with the rest of the fish, adjusting heat as necessary. As you work, keep fried fish warm in the oven on the “warm” setting.
Do not overcrowd the fry pan — oil temperature will drop too quickly, which will result in greasy fried fish. Also, do not allow the oil to get too hot, as Panko breadcrumbs can burn quickly. Continually keep an eye on the oil temperature with a thermometer and adjust the heat as you cook. If you’re not used to working with Panko, it helps to have an extra set of hands in the kitchen.
4. Serve fried fish with spicy mayo for dipping and lemon wedges on the side. For a light meal, serve the fish in butter lettuce cups with sliced cucumber, pickled carrot and a dollop of spicy mayo on top. ■
Recipe sponsored by Walleye Direct.
Picnic Essentials include a picnic basket full of your favorite foods, drinks, breads, fruits, and flowers. Finding the perfect place for a picnic is one of the essentials. Adventure out to a local park, concert, scenic view, or the back yard with friends and family. Get in the mood with lights, blankets, music, and the perfect basket to carry all of the edibles.
When choosing a picnic basket look for simple, something that is priced to fit the budget, can easily be carried, and keep items chilled and cool. Optional picnic baskets are insulated and may include utensils, matching napkins, and other accessories. Picnic baskets make great birthday, wedding or anniversary gifts. Make it special by including a monogram on the basket. Are you thinking about a picnic for two or more? There are perfect caddy's or picnic accessories that can be carried like a backpack. Consider the room you will need in the basket to store all the needed picnic food and accessories, destination and type of environment or weather conditions. Something that is waterproof will make the journey to the picnic destination go smoother.
Save The Dates
NORFOLK AREA – Do you like s’mores? What about moonlit walks? How about heading out for an adventure as the sun goes down? The Norfolk area is full of opportunities to explore the nature of Nebraska. The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, and the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau want to help you discover your area trails, lakes, and wild places while highlighting the unique opportunities nighttime offers with our FREE Moon Walk event, “Stars, Strolls & S’mores.”
“The purpose of the moon walk is to provide a family-oriented activity that introduces people to the wonders that can be found in their neck of the woods,” said Julie Wragge, Information & Education Specialist for the Lower Elkhorn NRD. She added, “Our local lakes and rivers provide countless opportunities to discover and learn more about our water, soil, and wildlife.”
The Moon Walks will be held on Wednesday evenings close to the full moon and begin at 7:30 p.m. Most Moon Walks last for 1-2 hours. Participants will walk an average of 1 mile round trip. Each Moon Walk starts with a short introduction of that evening’s program, followed by a hike to a designated area where we enjoy presentations. Presenters are experts in their field and are from our local community. The evening wraps up with FREE s’mores!
The first event will be held on Wednesday, June 23rd at the Yellowbanks Wildlife Management Area, 3 miles north and 2.5 west of Battle Creek. Presentations will include an interesting view of the Elkhorn River, as we learn about how rivers can move and change. There will also be a nature scavenger hunt.
The second “moon walk” will be Wednesday, July 21st at Skyview Lake in Norfolk. Presentations will include Kayaking 101, and Mothing: the nighttime addiction.
The final night will be Wednesday, August 25th at Red Road Herbs Retreat & Learning Center on 835 Road near Stanton. Presentations will include beginner Dutch Oven cooking, and Worthy Weeds.
Wragge added, “Since the events take place close to home, we encourage everyone to join us and bring your friends and neighbors.”
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For more information contact: Jamie Bachmann, Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-370-3374