RECIPES CRAPPIE By: Keith 'Catfish' Sutton, WorldFishingNetwork.com 4 of the Best Panfish Recipes Panfish – bream, bluegill, sunfish, crappie – are some of best eating fish to swim freshwater; give these delicious recipes a try and see if you won't agree Head removed, tail on, scaled and fried is one of the best ways to enjoy a mess of panfish at the dinner table. (Keith Sutton photo) Poached Sunfish with Lemon-Chive Sauce Recipe Serves: 4 Prep time: Less than 30 mins Cook time: Less than 30 mins Ingredients: 2 cups water 1 bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 lemon 1 ½ pounds sunfish fillets, skin removed Lemon-Chive Sauce Ingredients: 1/3 cup margarine or butter 3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions: In a skillet, combine water, bay leaf, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons lemon juice squeezed from the lemon. Bring to a boil over campfire coals. Add fillets. Move to a cooler part of the fire, and simmer, covered, for 3 to 5 mins, or until fish is firm and opaque and just begins to flake. Drain and discard poaching liquid. Cover fish to keep warm. Set aside. In another skillet, melt margarine. Add remaining sauce ingredients. Cook for 2 to 3 mins, or until mixture is hot, stirring constantly. Serve sauce over fish. Bream Fillets Almandine Recipe Serves: 2 Prep time: Less than 30 mins Cook time: Less than 30 mins Ingredients: 8 bream fillets 1 cup peeled, slivered almonds 1/2 cup butter 1/4 teaspoon salt Sprinkle of cayenne and black pepper Directions: Have half of butter sizzling in broiler pan. Add the fish and remaining ingredients. Broil 6 to 8 mins. Pan-Fried Shellcracker Recipe Serves: 4 Prep time: Less than 30 mins Cook time: Less than 30 mins Ingredients: 2 pounds shellcracker (redear sunfish) fillets 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup flour 3 beaten eggs Salt, pepper to taste Peanut oil Directions: Mix corn meal and flour together in a large zip-seal plastic bag. Salt and pepper each fillet, dip in egg, then drop in bag and shake until coated with the meal/flour mixture. Drop fillets in hot peanut oil poured about 1/2-inch deep in a cast-iron skillet. Cook fillets about 1 to 2 mins each or until they flake easily with a fork. Bream Dilly Recipe Serves: 2-4 Prep time: Less than 30 mins Cook time: Less than 30 mins Ingredients: 6 bream, pan-dressed 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons fresh chopped dill 1/2 cup flour 1 cup cornmeal 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Directions: Melt butter in a skillet and add dill. Dredge fish in a mixture of flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper. Sauté in dill butter until done.