Thursday, July 10, 2008

What's for dinner?

I've had a special request for catfish around here, from the girl, no less. We still have not figured out where the idea for catfish came from but I was happy to oblige. I showed her a picture from my Everyday Food cookbook of Pecan-Crusted Catfish. I had forgotten what a great resource this is for simple and tasty meals. She said "Mom, I don't care what it looks like; I just want it to BE catfish." Okay then. Here it is, from last night's dinner. I thought it turned out quite well. I cannot think of the last time I've even had catfish.



Alongside the catfish, we had this dish I adapted, that is to say, didn't follow the recipe exactly, from Annie Sommerville's Fields of Greens cookbook. The potatoes are roasted and combined with blanched green beans, cherry tomatoes, basil, and vinaigrette. I think the fresh basil from the garden really made this dish shine- there is nothing like it. I threw a few kalamata olives on top of mine after I took this photo.



This turned out to be an especially delicious meal that everyone was pretty happy with.

9 comments:

BooksPlease said...

That looks so delicious! I've never eaten catfish, but I'm going to look out for it today when I go shopping.

Tara said...

Booksplease, it was! I'd be interested to know if catfish is something that is avilable to you there.

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GeraniumCat said...

Doesn't that look lovely! I've had catfish in a restaurant, and we found it once frozen and crumbed - I don't think I've seen it in a fishmonger's though. Must ask my Edinburgh son if he can get it there.

Bybee said...

I miss catfish. I miss pecans. I miss green beans. OK, I'll shut up now.
Can I buy the first copy of the cookbook you're going to write someday? Will you autograph it for me?

Tara said...

GeraniumCat, Thank you! Again, I wondered if this was something available to you over there. I'd love to know.

Bybee, You are too kind. Mostly I just follow recipes and change them to suit me. Which I guess is what many people do. But, yes, if I ever do, you'll be the first!;-)

Les said...

I've only had catfish once (in Texas) and didn't care too much for it. I may have to try this recipe and see what I think. I have a lot of fish recipes on my cooking blog, but none with catfish.

Your side dish looks fabulous. Anything with roasted potatoes is a winner in my book.

Tara said...

Les, I think I'm going to try catfish again soon, just dredged in flour seasoned with paprika and s/p as my co-worker recommended. The side dish was really wonderful and I'm thinking of making it for a BBQ this weekend.

Chain Reader said...

Can I hire you as my personal chef?