It is Fish Fry Friday and time to head west to the city of Hutchinson, Minnesota for their annual fish fry event. The Knights of Columbus couldn’t have picked a better Friday for it is a bright and beautiful day. It is getting warmer (by Minnesota standards) and daylight hours are longer. Everyone is in a good mood as it is the beginning of the weekend. I am excited about my first visit to a community fish fry and a chance to witness the inner workings of the event. Plus, it is always a nice change when someone else does the cooking…..
Driving into the setting sun, the suburbs give way to snow covered fields waiting to be plowed. In the meantime, snowmobile tracks criss-cross the open fields. We passed by many farms with their shiny modern grain silos. Couldn’t resist trying out my new camera’s scenery mode as it has been locked on food mode ever since I started using it. Had to make sure that the rest of the settings work as well.
Finally, we are at the County Fair Grounds for the Knights of Columbus, Hutchinson 23rd Annual Fish Fry, from 11:30am – 8:00pm (or until fish is gone). The menu is “All you can eat – Alaskan Pollock, baked potato, cole slaw, baked beans, dinner rolls, milk/coffee, and cookies. Carry out meals and deliveries available.” There is even entertainment by Mr. Wally Pikal whose claim to fame is blowing two trumpets at the same time…..pretty amazing! It was festive, to say the least!
Now, for the food. The first stop, baked potatoes from the “Potato Guy” in town. The potatoes are very evenly cooked. The foil is gold in color on the inside. I hope I’m not the only one to say I’ve not seen two tone foil until now. This guy specializes in catering for events such as these.
Finally, it’s time to tuck in. Fish fried to golden perfection…..the center is moist and tender while the edges are crunchy. I like it with the tartar sauce. The baked potato was evenly cooked and the coleslaw and baked beans all went well together. I had a slice of bread to mop up the gravy from the baked beans.
This concludes my weeklong posts on fish. I hope you enjoyed reading and will try some of the recipes.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!