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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pan Fried Catfish


This is a nice quick weeknight meal. We usually do a lot of salmon, and my daughter is finally branching out to try it more ways other than with the Mojo Marinade. My husband is okay with salmon, but would like some other fish once in a while. So tonight just for him...catfish!
I used some pan searing flour,(or you can mix your own - 1 cup Wondra flour, 1 T fine salt and 1T white pepper) mixed with some whole wheat fine bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Seasoned with Cajun seasoning or mix your own. I used garlic powder, paprika, shallot powder, marjoram, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste. I guess all the seasoning is to taste!

Get your flat bowls or pie tins ready, one with a beaten egg, the other with the flour mixture.
Dip the fillet in the egg, then the flour and gently place in a hot skillet with a little butter and canola oil. Pan fry for around 3 minutes per side, until done, tender and flaky!
This was just for family, so it can be casual. I served it with cabbage sauteed in butter and topped with sea salt. I saw Ina Garten do this on The Barefoot Contessa. This is probably the only way I really enjoy cabbage (I use my finishing salt on it). Wade actually helped with the cabbage! Woohoo!
Right before dinner was started, we had to go see the sunset. Even though the clouds came in on the horizon just as sunset approached, we still had to get out and walk the beach. Here is a photo of the...um...sunset? Of course I had to have my camera with me.
I even made dessert which is pretty rare. When my sister was down I was going to make this because I had given her some Guava paste and I was going to show her one way to use it. This is so easy to make! I use puff pastry, rolled it in a rectangle,(just because it fit my stoneware pan) and cut in two, or you use both full sheets for a bigger dessert. Spread cream cheese thinned with a little milk. Slice the guava paste and place it on top of the cream cheese.
Leave a space around the edges and brush it with water. Place the top on and crimp with a fork. Cut a few slits on the top to vent. Bake in a 400F oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. I'd have shown photos of this but it wasn't pretty, and I left it in too long while I was making dinner. So much for multi tasking.
It still tasted good!