For dinner Sunday night I made Creole Catfish Cakes. Similar to crab cakes, only these have broiled, flaked catfish. I had only two fillets and about half a dozen leftover shrimp in the fridge, so I added that shrimp, too. I'm a gambler; fish, shrimp, it all works, right? In this case, it did.
The version I made:
2 catfish fillets, broiled
about 6 medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined
3 tablespoons butter
about 1/3 - 1/2 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 cups finely chopped bell pepper - Make sure the bell pepper is minced. I always forget and leave it chopped rather than minced and the pieces too big for the patties.
1/4 cups finely chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
3/4 cups fresh bread crumbs
Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the flour. Stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes, while the roux bubbles. Add the milk slowly, continuing to stir until the cream sauce is thick, 10 to 12 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and mustard, mixing well.
Flake the catfish fillets into a bowl. Add the cream sauce and the remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Use the fish mixture immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Using a large spoon, make cakes with the fish mixture and coat them completely with more fresh bread crumbs. Using a heavy skillet, sauté the patties gently in 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter, until they are browned. Keep warm in a low oven while you continue cooking the cakes, adding more oil and butter as needed.
Serve with remoulade (or comeback) sauce.
Recipe courtesy of Classic Catfish Cookbook.