Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fishwich Friday

My husband thinks I’m crazy to call my fish sandwiches fishwiches. He doesn’t believe me when I tell him that that’s what they were called when I was growing up in Wisconsin. I’ll bet if we go back there now we could find a place with a fishwich on the menu…..

At any rate, Friday night is usually pizza night around here, but being that I am from Wisconsin, I really crave a good fish fry on a Friday night. The best ones always had breaded Lake Perch, rye bread and coleslaw----but since I can’t duplicate that, I just did my own thing. The recipe I’m using here was actually one that I entered in one of the Pillsbury Monthly Challenges back in September. It didn’t win, but it is a recipe that we use quite often. The big difference in the way I prepared it this time is that I replaced the breaded frozen fish fillets with some fresh tilapia.

Crunchy Biscuit Fishwiches with Spicy Chile Mayo

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning
1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits)
8 breaded frozen fish fillets 4 large, fresh tilapia fillets
1/4 cup flour (season with salt and pepper or some Southwest seasoning)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons hot picanté sauce (I use Pace® Picanté Sauce)
1 teaspoon chili powder or Southwest seasoning
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles, drained (I didn’t drain it—it still works)
1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. (I use a Silpat)

If the biscuits are dry and the cheese isn't sticking, try wetting the biscuit just a little with water.

2. In small bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and lemon-pepper seasoning. Roll each biscuit in Parmesan mixture to completely coat. Place 1-inch apart on cookie sheet. Sprinkle any remaining cheese mixture over tops of biscuits. Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until golden.

The best part of these are the crunchy bits of Parmesan on the biscuits.

3. Place fish fillets on cookie sheet. Bake as directed on package.
 In a shallow bowl, combine the beaten egg with salt and pepper. Place the panko bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dredge each fish fillet first in the egg mixture and then in the panko bread crumbs, making sure to coat each side completely.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet until hot, but not smoking. Reduce heat to medium and place 2 fish fillets in the hot skillet. Fry fish for about 3 minutes on each side or until the fillets are brown and the fish flakes easily. Repeat for the remaining 2 fillets.

I like to use a Southwestern seasoning that I got as gift from my friend Jan. It's delicious!

5. In small bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, picanté sauce, chili powder and green chiles. To assemble sandwiches, slice each biscuit in half crosswise. Place 1 fish fillet on bottom half of each biscuit. Top each fish fillet with about 3 tablespoons cabbage and about 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture. Top with remaining biscuit half. Serve immediately.

Ok--go ahead and throw some avocados, tomatoes and shredded cheese on there. I know you want to!


  1. I love that you call it a fishwich! That looks awesome!! But everything you make looks awesome!! You are SO creative!

  2. Oh man, I want one right now! Heh, I think I've heard fishwich before...

  3. You tell your husband, that if you went to school in Wi, the menu on the school cafeteria ALWAYS called them fishwiches!!!!!! Probably one of the better things they actually served! dawn miller

  4. Thanks, Spryte--I'm waiting for your 7 onion soup. Now that sounds awesome!

    Bob-I'm sure of it--you HAVE heard fishwich before!

    Dawn--the sloppy joes were good, too! Anyway-he went to school in Ohio where they call hamburger hot dish Johnny Marzetti...huh?

  5. Oh my, a biscuit as the sandwich roll? Yum!

  6. Wonderful sandwich creation! The parm crusted biscuits are a perfect way to add texture and flavor, also like the sauce and your addition of avocado at the end.


  7. Ooh, that looks so delicious. And I think fishwich is a perfect name for it!

  8. oh man...if there is ever a time i truly wish I wasn't allergic to fish it's when I see this!! But at least I can eat that yummy bun!! It all looks fantastic. You make me jealous every time I hear you mention them.

  9. Wow that looks great!..I have to try this one