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= Catfish Filet Piquant =

Bill - I know you consider catfish non-edible because they are bottom-feeders, but you can substitute any white fish filet, and it is guaranteed to improve your disposition. This is an impressive fish recipe, especially for mackerel snappers.

2 pounds catfish filets (or is it fillets?)
3/4 Cups breadcrumbs (homemade, see below)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 Cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon prepared mustard (I use Creole mustard)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (I mix cayenne and black)
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Sprinkle the bottom of a greased, shallowbaking dish with bread crumbs. Dot those bread crumbs with butter.  Wipe the fish with a damp cloth. Place fish in dish.  Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over fish.  Baste several times. Sprinkle with paprika.  Bake in a hot, 450-deg. oven about 10 minutes for each inch the fish is thick.  Serve with any sauce left in the dish.

The drill is MAKE YOUR OWN! The storebought kind leaves a lot to be desired. Use bread that is at least a day or so old.  Leave the crust on.  Best to use French bread, or Italian bread, or those loaves that are sold in the market as "home-made" or some-such. Tear it into chunks and feed it into a food processor with a metal blade, pulsing it on and off.  Takes only a few seconds. Or, you can do the same thing in a blender. I've tried it with a grater and skinned my knuckles to the point where I retain Band-Aids within easy reach in the kitchen. (Not recommended) If you want to toast the bread crumbs, do it in a dry skillet over moderate heat until they turn golden brown. Just like we do sesame seeds. Put the bread crumbs (toasted or not) in a baggie, seal and freeze. They will be good for many weeks and you can use as much as you want for recipes and return the unused portion to the freezer. They thaw in a jiffy and are good buttered on a cookie sheet to roll stuff in, like catfish filets. Listen to your old man, son.



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