Monday, July 14, 2014

Puttin’ on the Ritz Fish

Perfect Pairing:  Stay fresh packages of crackers


What a weekend I just had.  It started on Thursday with a reggae concert (SOJA and Michael Franti) at Northerly Island.  I think Northerly Island is one of the best venues in Chicago.  Check out that view!  My boyfriend surprised me with the tickets (I may have given a few hints) to start off my birthday weekend.  He is a honey!



The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying great country music and incredible BBQ at the Windy City Smokeout. 

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I am not a huge meat eater but this brisket sandwich from Dinosaur BBQ was one of the best things I have ever had.  I had it two days in a row!  Now I need to learn to make brisket.

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It was an absolutely fabulous weekend in the city!


Now onto something a little lighter than a brisket sandwich. I apologize for the dorky recipe name.  I simply could not help myself.   I was giggling to myself as I made this fish thinking about the name.

This recipe is crazy easy and only uses four ingredients, fish, Ritz crackers, poppy seeds, and butter.  Salt and pepper are also involved, but I don’t count them.  So simple but truly delicious.


I used cod, but I think you easily could use any firm white fish.  All you do is place the fish on a foil lined pan (easy clean up) and coat it with crushed crackers, poppy seeds, melted butter (this step is called puttin’ on the Ritz), and bake!

These smaller packs of crackers were perfect for this recipe.  


If you have crackers leftover you should make this tasty Chicken and Broccoli Casserole.  It is a family favorite!  Try adding water chestnuts to the casserole for extra texture.


Puttin’ on the Ritz Fish

Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing


·        1 lb cod or other firm white fish
·        Salt and pepper
·        13 – 15 Ritz crackers (one sleeve from the “Fresh Stack” package), crushed
·        1 tsp poppy seeds
·        2 Tb butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place the fish on the foil lined pan and season with salt and pepper.  In a small bowl combine the crushed crackers, poppy seeds, and melted butter.  Stir until combined.  Spoon the cracker mixture over the fish and bake for 10 – 15 minutes, until the fish is cooked through and flaky.

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