My wife, Kathy, and I tossed together this recipe while on a family camping trip in northern Wisconsin. The walleyes were biting, and we soon longed for an alternative to fried fish. We prefer walleye because it has flaky meat with little fishy flavor. It’s an easy meal to cook over a campfire or barbecue grill and has become a favorite of guests in our home.
We make each packet of foil in a serving size for two, then place a packet between each couple. The husband-wife way to eat is right out of the steaming packet where you can scoop up a fresh round of flavor with each bite. If feeding children, you may want to omit the mushrooms from their packet. We learned that right away.
The recipe will work with different cheese, but be aware that some cheeses add a thicker consistency to the sauce and some cheeses don’t melt well.
This recipe serves 2.
- 3 or 4 boneless, skinless walleye fillets (preferably 15-to-18 inch fish)
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- salt-less herb blend seasoning
- 5 slices American cheese or cheese spread
- 1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
- 2 tablespoons onion flakes
- Place fillets, former skin side down, in center of heavy-duty aluminum foil sheet, arranging lengthwise, alternating head and tail sections. Sheet should extend 4 to 6 inches beyond fillets at ends and about 3 inches at sides.
- Dot butter on fillets. Sprinkle generously with herb seasoning.
- Place cheese on fillets, alternating American and Swiss slices and covering all of the fillets, overlapping or adding extra cheese if needed.
- Chop mushrooms and scatter on cheese and top with onion.
- Bring sides of foil together and fold lengthwise twice to seal; then fold ends twice.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or longer for large fillets; mixture will start to appear at edges of foil near end of baking time. Remove, handling by lifting ends.
- Slide on serving plate, leaving fish in foil while serving.
From Jim Lee, Outdoor Editor for the Wausau Daily Herald, Wausau, Wisconsin, in the OWAA Campsite to Kitchen Recipe Book.
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