I have this cut out of the magazine and saved - it's wonderful! Absolutely fabulous, if time consuming. Light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The zesty tartar sauce is nice, too. I've made this dish about 4 times.
Catfish Beignets With Zesty Tartar Sauce
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Bake: 25 Minutes
Stand: 5 Minutes
Rise: 30 Minutes
Fry: 4 Minutes
- 1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
- 3/4 cup frozen diced onion, red and green bell pepper, and celery
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 1/3 cup beer (not dark)
- 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 dashes hot sauce
- 3 egg whites
- Vegetable oil
- Zesty Tartar Sauce
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- 1. Sprinkle fillets evenly with salt and 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning. Arrange fillets on a lightly greased rack in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
- 2. Bake at 425° for 20 to 25 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork and is opaque throughout. Finely chop fish.
- 3. Cook diced onion, bell pepper, and celery in 1/2 Tbsp. hot oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes or until tender.
- 4. Cook beer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until a thermometer registers 105° to 115°. Remove from heat; add yeast, and let stand 5 minutes. Transfer yeast mixture to a large bowl; stir in vegetables, milk, flour, hot sauce, catfish, remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, and remaining 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning.
- 5. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes.
- 6. Beat egg whites at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold into catfish mixture.
- 7. Pour vegetable oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or electric deep-fat fryer; heat to 360°. Drop batter, by heaping tablespoonfuls, into hot oil; fry, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Serve with tartar sauce and, if desired, lemon wedges.
- Note: Keep beignets warm in a 225° oven for up to 30 minutes.
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