A healthier and light alternative to this fried fish dish.
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In Louisiana, a dark brown roux is not just a thickener—it can be a benchmark for who you are as a person. It takes mettle to keep the roux on the stove until the very last minute. The flour must be just this side of burnt, yet with nary a hint of scorching. I will take the pan off the stove repeatedly, thinking I’ve done it, only to grimace and put it back on for just a tiny bit longer. I’m a babe in the woods when it comes to authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, but I have an appreciation for the unique toasted taste of dishes made with really dark, slow-cooked roux.This sauce improves after a day or two and freezes well, so keep some on hand to serve as a dollop alongside a fried catfish fillet, to smother a sausage in a bun like a Cajun hot dog, or to simmer with virtually any mix of meats and seafood for a hearty meal with rice.This version does not call for gumbo filé, powdered sassafras, a natural thickener with a unique slippery texture, because I’m not a fan. Stir a bit in at the end if you like. I usually make my own Cajun spice mix, but to simplify things, here I suggest using a good commercial blend.
Chef Edward Lee of MilkWood in Louisville, KY creates his own spin on this classic Southern dish. The catfish is fried and then placed in a vinaigrette of bacon, grapes, and mustard, creating a tangy, savory dish that reinterprets the traditional meal.
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Remember the great book and movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe?" This is from Fannie Flagg's Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook, and is truly a Southern comfort food. Hope you like it!! Serve with hushpuppies and coleslaw for a real winner.
Southern-style fried catfish--a crowd pleaser. Note: unless you are catching fresh wild catfish, use tilapia fillets--farmed catfish is mushy in texture and muddy in flavor, whereas tilapia and wild catfish are firm and sweet.
This recipe is from Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen, published back in the early '80s. Serve it with his hushpuppies, also being submitted. Fry the hushpuppies first, and set aside while frying the catfish,