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Beignets, time-tested New Orleans pastries, are usually sweet. We created a savory version that includes the diced onion, bell pepper, and celery that are considered the "holy trinity" in recipes with Louisiana roots.

Recipe by Southern Living July 2007

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
bake:
25 mins
cook:
10 mins
stand:
5 mins
rise:
30 mins
fry:
4 mins
total:
1 hr 34 mins
Yield:
Makes about 2 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Bake at 425° for 20 to 25 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork and is opaque throughout. Finely chop fish.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes.

  • Beat egg whites at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold into catfish mixture.

  • 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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