Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Night Fish Fry

A beautiful summer evening, just Brian and I are home and to kick off the Labor Day Weekend we decided to do a homemade fried catfish sandwich with fries and cole slaw. I recently purchased a small home deep fryer for making the occasional fried dishes we enjoy from time to time. I've never owned a basket fryer before so this was exciting for us. We usually avoid fried or deep fried dishes for the obvious reasons but every so often that little voice whispers in our ears to do the "bad thing".

Brian made the cole slaw while I was at work so it was fresh and crispy and not limp and soggy like from the store. I hate store made salads these days. Then when it was time to make dinner we started to make the magick happen in the kitchen. Setting up the deep fryer, coating the catfish with a nice mix of seasonned cornmeal and flour and taking the plunge. First the fish, each piece came out perfectly golden, then we followed with the fries that were crispy and perfect.

Building the sandwiches was next. A dressing of Wasabi Mayo, fish, slice of Swiss and topped with the homemade slaw all on an artisan roll. Side of fries and presto an amazing meal was born!

Here are the recipes...

Easy Cole Slaw Recipe
10 min 10 min prep

1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1.Combine all ingredients except cole slaw mix in a large bowl and combine well.

2.Add the cole slaw mix and toss to coat. 3.Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.

Classic Fried Catfish

¾ cup yellow cornmeal

¼ cup flour

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Old Bay Seasonning (to taste)

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

4 catfish fillets or whole catfish

vegetable oil
Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Coat catfish with mixture, shaking off excess. Fill deep pot or 12 in. skillet half full with vegetable oil. Heat to 350°. Add catfish in single layer, and fry until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes, depending on size. Remove and drain on paper towels.

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