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Friday, May 24, 2013

Sweet Connections: Walleye Fishing and Sue Bee Honey

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Just as millions of American families take deep pleasure in the sweet hours spent fishing – the challenge of finding where they’re biting and hauling them in – they can sweeten their enjoyment by cooking up the day’s catch using one of the Sue Bee Honey recipes found below.
 
Ask Gil Mollet. He’s a top walleye pro who has proved in tournament after tournament that he knows how to catch this fisherman’s favorite. And because he’s been sponsored by Sue Bee Honey since 2006, he has table-tested recipes that prove he knows what to do with the walleye he catches.
 
Gil’s biggest win came in the Professional Walleye Trail Shootout in 2008, the last year the competition was held, when he reeled in a $50,000 payday. His comment then: “I’m absolutely ecstatic that I finally did win, and it’s an honor to have such a great company as Sue Bee Honey backing me. When I’m out on the road, I know who I’m representing.”
 
A journalist who was there that October day wrote that Gil made the decision to turn his attention in the direction opposite of the other pro fishermen: “When the green light came, most rigs raced south toward downstream fishing areas. One of the few to quietly turn upstream was Gil Mollet’s unmistakable Sue Bee Honey boat.” Gil followed his own convictions when he went fishing that day, and the results were sweet indeed.
 
How about making the next fishing trip you take a real family affair?
 
Try one (or both) of the recipes shown here and give everyone in your family an individual role: One family member catches the walleye. Another cleans it and cuts fillets. Another mixes the breading and prepares the marinade. The designated chef puts it all together according to the Sue Bee directions.
 
Don’t be shy about swapping roles. It’s OK if Mom goes out in the boat, Junior cleans the catch and Dad mixes the dipping sauce. Here’s the important thing – and this is always true with freshly caught walleye and Sue Bee Honey: Everybody gets to sit down and eat!
 
Honey-Crusted Walleye

Ingredients

1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
1 egg
2 cups butter-flavored crackers (45 to 50), crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 to 2 pounds walleye fillets
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 lemon wedge (optional)
 

Directions

1. In a shallow bowl beat egg and add Sue Bee Honey.
2. In a plastic bag combine crackers, salt and pepper.
3. Dip fish in egg mixture then shake in bag until coated.
4. In a skillet cook fillets in oil 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until fish is golden and flakes easily with a fork.
5. Serve with dipping sauce (below) and lemon wedges if desired.
 
Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
2 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons minced onion
4 to 6 drops hot sauce (optional)
 
Dipping Sauce

Directions

1. Mix and serve.
 
 
Walleye Kabobs

Ingredients

1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon Cajun hot fish spices
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds walleye fillets, cut in cubes for skewering
red, green and yellow peppers, cut for skewering
small whole onions, cut in half for skewering
 

Directions

1. Mix together Sue Bee Honey and sauces and spices for marinade.
2. In a deep plate cover walleye fillets, peppers and onions with the marinade.