Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil

  2. 1/2 cup chopped yellow onions

  3. 1/4 cup chopped celery

  4. 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers

  5. 1/4 cup chopped green onions

  6. 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  9. Pinch chopped fresh thyme

  10. Pinch cayenne

  11. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

  12. 2 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread , recipe follows

  13. 1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or water

  14. 6 ounces crabmeat, picked over to remove shells and cartilage

  15. 4 (8-ounce) catfish fillets

  16. Essence, recipe follows

  17. 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter , cut into slivers

  18. Chopped parsley, garnish

  19. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  20. 1/4 cup chopped yellow onions

  21. 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  22. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  23. 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  24. 3/4 cup heavy cream

  25. 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  26. 1/2 pound bacon, chopped

  27. 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  28. 4 jalapenos, seeded and diced

  29. 4 cups cornmeal

  30. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  31. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  32. 2 teaspoons salt

  33. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  34. 4 cups buttermilk

  35. 2 large eggs , lightly beaten

  36. 10 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

  37. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  38. 2 tablespoons salt

  39. 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  40. 1 tablespoon black pepper

  41. 1 tablespoon onion powder

  42. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  43. 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  44. 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a large baking dish and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet or saute pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onions, celery and bell peppers and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the green onions, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Let cool slightly.

  3. Crumble the cornbread into a large bowl. Add the cooled vegetable mixture and 1/2 cup of the stock or water. Mix with your hands until the bread is moist. Fold in the crabmeat and add more stock or water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to be moist but not overly wet (will depend upon the freshness of the cornbread). Divide into 4 portions. (Will make about 3 cups.)

  4. Cut the catfish fillets in half crosswise and lay the 4 thicker portions in the buttered pan. Separate the smaller portions lengthwise into 2 strips each.

  5. Place a scoop of the crabmeat stuffing in the center of each of the 4 catfish fillets in the pan, and season lightly with Essence. Arrange 2 catfish strips along the outer edges of the stuffing to surround, pressing down. Lightly season the top catfish strips with Essence and dot with butter. Bake until the fish is just cooked through and tender, 18 to 20 minutes.

  6. While the fish is cooking, make the sauce. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, to make a light roux , about 2 minutes. Add the milk, cream, and hot sauce, bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce the heat slightly and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  7. To serve, place a portion of the stuffed catfish on each of 4 large plates and top with the sauce . Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

  8. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  9. Brown chopped bacon in a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Add the garlic and jalapeno and saute until softened.

  10. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal , baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper and mix well. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter. Add to dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Quickly pour the cornmeal batter into the skillet.

  11. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until firm and golden brown on top. Let sit for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cutting board. Cut into wedges and serve hot with butter on the side.

  12. Yield: 4 to 6 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

  13. Yield: 2/3 cup Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch Published by William and Morrow, 1993.


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