I will admit, I was the one that suggested fish sticks this round. For some crazy reason, I kept purchasing them and had three boxes in the downstairs freezer and I was itching to get through them – so thanks to everyone for placating me! I happen to like fishsticks. Put some tarter sauce on them and I’m good. But, for this round, I wanted to do something complicated and I thought of a fish soup or possibly a casserole, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it. After scouring the fridge, I saw bacon and knew what I wanted to make.
I baked the bacon for a bit to make it pliable. Then I dipped the fish sticks in a garlic/egg wash. Then dipped them in crushed honey wheat pretzels. I thought it would give it an additional “nutty-like” taste and crunchy texture. Then I put on slices of fresh baby spinach and wrapped it all up in the bacon. Then baked it for an additional 15-20 minutes.
I had the first taste and OMG, it was good. I nearly ate the entire batch before my husband and daughter came home. Somehow, I held back. My husband took a bite and then popped the entire thing right in his mouth. He said, “This is really good. I’d definitely eat this at a ballgame.” (this means, I really like it and I can see myself munching on it for a long time!). My daughter took one bite and closed her eyes. Of course, she’s a bacon freak so anything with bacon is good. The only things she said was, “I don’t actually taste the spinach.” This was true, but I’ll delude myself in thinking the spinach gave it that added “healthy” aspect. As if anything with bacon can ever be healthy!
Bacon Wrapped Fishsticks with Pretzel Crumble
- 6 slices of bacon (baked for 10 minutes at 375 so they get pliable, but not crispy, then drained on paper towel)
- 6 breaded fish sticks
- baby spinach leaves
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup coarsley chopped honey wheat pretzels
Whisk the egg and garlic together. Dip the frozen fish sticks into the wash, then dip them into the pretzel mixture. They'll be bumpy. Place one or two baby spinach leaves on top and then wrap the entire thing in a slice of bacon.
Repeat with all the fishsticks. Put in a pan and bake for 15-20 minutes more, just checking that the bacon is crispy, but not burnt.