In this part of the Bible Belt there is little familiarity about the practice of not eating meat on Fridays during Lent. I find it a great opportunity to introduce a variety of fish or “meatless” meals to my hubby, the carnivore. Our oldest daughter and husband are vegetarians. They are both very good cooks and very healthy. Despite this, with the mentioning of eating a vegetarian meal at our daughter’s home, my hubby immediately conjures up visions of eating lettuce-only salads and having to make a late night run to What-A-Burger. If they fed him a 6 course meal he would still feel like he was deprived. Yet his favorite meal is plain red beans, cornbread, and greens. It has never been called a vegetarian meal and his mother made it, therefore, it is a great meal. That being said, I find it an entertaining challenge to introduce new fish and meatless dishes during Lent.
Tonight fried catfish, steamed asparagus, and a mixed green salad with green onions, avocado, tomato, feta cheese, croutons and homemade Green Goddess dressing were on the menu. A very fast and easy meal to prepare. Good friends brought us the catfish upon returning from a big fishing trip in Oklahoma.
I seasoned the catfish with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning and dredged in cornmeal. Add 1/4 oil (I like olive oil) to the pan and heat on medium. Place the catfish in the oil and fry until the edges start to turn golden brown, turn and cook until fish flakes. Place on paper towel and keep warm until you finish with all the fish. Most southerners like a tartar sauce. This is easy and inexpensive. To 1/2 cup of mayonnaise add 1/4 cup dill relish or chopped dill pickles and hot sauce to taste. Stir and chill. There the hard part finished. Steam your asparagus and fix a salad. For the dressing, blend until smooth 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt, 3 green onions chopped, 1 TBLS anchovy paste, 1 TBLS chopped parsley, 2 TBLS chopped chives, 1 TBLS lemon juice, garlic powder,salt and pepper to taste. If the dressing is too thick thin with a small amount of buttermilk.A good start to the Lenten season.