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FISH. 51

Fat in which fish has been fried is just as good to use again for the same purpose, but it should be kept by itself and not put to any other use,

TO FRY FISH.

MOST of the smaller fish (generally termed pan-fish) are usually fried. Clean well, cut off the head, and, if quite large, cut out the back- bone, and slice the body crosswise into five or six pieces ; season with salt and pepper. Dip in Indian meal or wheat flour, or in beaten egg, and roll in bread or fine cracker crumbs trout and perch should not be dipped in meal; put into a thick bottomed iron frying pan, the flesh side down, with hot lard or drippings ; fry slowly, turning when lightly browned. The following method may be deemed preferable : Dredge the pieces with flour ; brush them, over with beaten egg ; roll in bread crumbs, and fry in hot lard or drippings sufficient to cover, the same as frying crullers. If the fat is very hot, the fish will fry without absorbing it, and it will be palatably cooked. When browned on one side, turn it over in the fat and brown the other, draining when done. This is a particularly good way to fry slices of large fish. Serve with tomato sauce ; garnish with slices of lemon.

PAN-FISH.

PLACE them in a thick bottomed frying pan with heads all one way. Fill the spaces with smaller fish. When they are fried quite brown and ready to turn, put a dinner plate over them, drain off the fat ; then invert the pan, and they will be left unbroken on the plate. Put the lard back into the pan, and when hot slip back the fish. When the other side is brown, drain, turn on a plate as before, and slip them on a warm platter, to be sent to the table. Leaving the heads on and the fish a crispy-brown, in perfect shape, improves the appearance if not the flavor. Garnish with slices of lemon.

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BAKED PICKEREL.

CAREFULLY clean and wipe the fish, and lay in a dripping pan with enough hot water to prevent scorching. A perforated sheet of tin, fitting loosely, or several muffin rings may be used to keep it off: the bottom. Lay it in a circle on its belly, head and tail touching, and tied, or as directed in note on fish ; bake slowly, basting often with butter and water. When done, have ready a cup of sweet cream or rich

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