Yeah, I know. When I told the Kid we were having crappie for dinner, she was all like 'What-ie?' Crappie - pronounced 'croppy' - is a type of fish. They're fun to catch and good eating (when caught in cold water*). I've already panfried them, so I went in search of recipes to try something different. I hit on several for baked crappie, so I adapted them to what I wanted. Here's the recipe I came up with...
6 crappie fillets (from 10-11" crappies)
1 T margarine (divided into 6 pieces)
1 T lemon juice
Dill (to taste)
3 large tomato slices cut in half
Parmesan cheese (to taste)
Preheat oven to 375F. Line 9x13" baking dish with aluminum foil (for easier cleanup). Lay fillets flat. Place one piece of margarine on each fillet. Sprinkle lemon juice over all fillets, as equally as possible. Sprinkle dill over fillets. Lay a half slice of tomato on each fillet. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese liberally over all. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve immediately with your favorite side dish. (I did baked potatoes.)
I've done something similar with tilapia and with salmon, so if you don't have access to crappies, you can still try this recipe, if you want. Might have to adjust cooking times depending on the fish. Thick salmon takes longer. Thin tilapia takes less.
* I've cooked crappies caught in warm water and the flesh isn't quite as firm, so not quite as satisfying a meal.