Interesting alternative to breadcrumbs
The other day I picked up some skate and was searching for ideas on how to prepare it. I came across a recipe that used cream of wheat as an alternative to breadcrumbs. This was used not as an actual breading but more of a dusting . The results were a crunchy crust that was perfect for the fish. I poured out the cream of wheat into a shallow dish and seasoned with salt and pepper. I then dredged the pieces of fish into this mixture and then pan fried them in a very small amount of olive oil. The texture of the cream of wheat is such that you don’t even need to moisten before dredging – it adheres well on its own. I was so impressed with the results I used it the next night on chicken pieces which after browning in a pan – finished cooking in a hot oven. Who knew it would be good for this?