I think Dave has a craving for catfish tonight. Hmmm. Could be an interesting challenge since he frowns upon pan fried catfish strips. I’ll make them anyway, screw his uncultured ass. Maybe we should try Cajun style pan seared catfish. Yum. Right now, it’s chips and home made guacamole.
May start the evening with these margaritas! Where’s my blender?
Off to the grocery store where I spend $150 on supplies. Mostly booze! Grand Marnier was $35 and Tequila was $25. They really screw you at the liquor store! Next stop, the fish store.
For a fish shop there wasn’t a whole lot going on. They did have king crab legs the size of my arm, though.
On the other hand, I did get a wonderful sampling of chocolate fudge. No idea why a fish shop would be giving away samples of fudge, but then why ask why? We picked up 3 fillets of wild caught catfish at $8.95 a pound.
Back at the house we decided that the food processor wasn’t going to cut it as a magarita blender, so we had to go out to Target and find a cheap but worthy blender….
Unfortunately in all the excitement and rush to get our drunk on and get the fish going, I forgot to get a picture of the fabulous margaritas. Damn. Instead, here are pictures of Aspen and Nikki.
The fish! Oh, the fish. We started with pan fried catfish. I used an Alton Brown recipe from a recent episode of Good Eats. Instead of using whole fillets, I cut the fish into strips. Dave has never had them before so I figured they’d make a good appetizer.
Alton’s recipe calls for a 5qt Dutch oven and a quart of peanut oil. The oil was $17.99 and seemed like a waste for just 1 fillet. We used vegetable oil and a skillet instead. We also reduced the cooking times.
The fish strips were crunchy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.
Next on the fish menu was a Cajun style catfish that’s pan seared and then baked on a layer of lemon slices and a slathering of compound butter.
After 15 minutes in the oven at 350 the fish is tender, juices have collected in the pan, and you get this awesome spectacle of southern joy. I can’t even describe how great this dish turned out. I totally forgot to get pictures of the fish after plating. Damn, it was good.
At some point during the fish orgy and margarita drunken haze, Nikki managed to cook a fabulously colorful vegetarian meal of carrots, red peppers, squash, onions, and black beans, with a side of the sweetest watermelon I’ve ever tasted.