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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Spicy Cornmeal Breaded Catfish

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For this recipe I start out by finding some great looking catfish filets.

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Now in a large glass bowl I pour 1 quart of buttermilk, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Whisk that all up and then drop in your filets, making sure all the catfish are well coated in the marinate. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the frig for around 1 hour.

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In another large bowl, add 2 cups of yellow corn meal, 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika, and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, then whisk all these ingredients together. At this point I have two sheet pans set up to place the catfish on after it’s been breaded. When I take the filet out of the buttermilk, let the excess drip off before putting it in your cornmeal mixture.

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I have a cast iron skillet preheating on the stove with around 1/2 an inch of canola oil at the bottom. To know when the oil is hot enough, I throw in a sprinkle of the cornmeal mixture and if it bubbles up nicely then the oil is ready. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan and shallow fry the filets in batches.

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I fry then about 3-4 minutes on the first side then flip them over carefully and cook them another 3 minutes or so or until the fish is cooked through.

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I immediately take them out when their done frying, set them on paper towel.  Sprinkle the catfish with a little salt and fresh chopped Italian flat leaf parsley. Transfer them to a baking sheet to go into a 200 degree oven to keep them warm until all the batches are finished.

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For this dish, I decided to do a take on the “blue crab sandwich” with my catfish.

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I simply made a lemon mayo to spread on some crusty bread. All that is, is a 1/2 a cup of mayo, 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, the zest of one lemon, the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, and some salt and pepper and just whisk that together. Spread some of that delicious mayo on each half of the bread, then put down some arugula, and a thick slice of tomato. I served this with some lemon pepper seasoned asparagus and my fennel slaw with a cumin dressing. Both of those recipes are under the “my recipes” category of my blog.

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Watermelon And Feta Salad With A Lemon Vinaigrette

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Watermelon And Feta Skewers

This Watermelon And Feta Salad is so delicious and refreshing. Salty and sweet, a match made in heaven.

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One of my favorite gadgets is the salad spinner. Great for after washing and drying your greens really well. This will allow the dressing to adhere to the leaves.

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A few great ingredients and you can have an amazing salad. A simple concept right? Try this salad the next time you’re looking to make something a little different, I’m sure you’ll love it.

How about on a skewer?

 

Watermelon And Feta Skewers

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Equipment: Salad spinner, wooden skewers

Ingredients:
1 seedless watermelon,  rind removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
12-ounce of good Feta
1 cup (4-ounces) fresh mint leaves, julienned (optional)
6 cups of baby arugula, washed and spun dry

Lemon Vinaigrette:
2 lemons juiced (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup e.v.o.o.
1 teaspoon Agave nectar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl, add lemon juice, Agave nectar, Kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Whisk all that together while slowly drizzling in *E.V.O.O.

Spoon the dressing over the Watermelon And Feta Salad. So simple right? Try this salad the next time you’re looking to try something a little different, I’m sure you’ll love it.

How about Watermelon And Feta Salad Skewers?
Alternate the ingredients, watermelon, feta, mint leaves (optional), and arugula onto a skewer. Drizzle with the Lemon Vinaigrette.

*E.V.O.O.: is Extra Virgin Olive Ol

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