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Hi! I'm Betty, welcome to Betty’s kitchen. Tonight we’re having a catfish dinner and catfish is one of the favorite fish eaten by people from the south. So I'm going to show you an easy way to make healthy catfish. It’s not fried. Now we’re going to have some fried the elements of meal because you can’t have that hush puppies but the fish at least it’s going to be broiled in the oven and I'm going to show you the breading that I’m going to put on it.
Here is the catfish itself, I got this at my supermarket and I had that person in the sea food department to give me five fillets and this ways I think a little at a lower pound. Well I think it’s a pound and a half actually, it was all over a half pound.
So what I'm going to do press pants off for a second here. And I'm going to put some Italian bread crumbs and one of these dishes. You can see where that’s going, that’s going to be part of the coating so let’s get rid of and then I’ve got a little dish right here. I'm going to put two tablespoons of lemon juice and that can be just the bottled re-constituted lemon juice or you can squeeze lemons and get two tablespoons worth. And then to this dish that has a lemon juice I'm going to add some butter. I'm adding a half stick which is one quarter cup. I will swirl that around a little bit, I didn’t think to get my self a spoon but this really doesn’t need it because it will just going to be dipping. I'm going to dip in the crumbs and the butter mixture and back on the crumbs. And then I have to prepare my broiling pan and you’ve seen me do this many times before. I don’t like to clean it up so I put an aluminum foil over the bottom to catch any drips and then the top I put aluminum foil over that. And then I go through and find little holes and make slits so that anything that wants to fall down through as its broiling it won’t be caught on the bottom. It’s very nice and easy to clean up. So let’s get started.
I’ll do one of this and show you the method then I’ll finish then up. Then it will go in the oven under the broiler about five inches away and then we’ll keep the oven door open and they probably broil for about 10 minutes until when I use a fork the fish actually flakes. And you can tell it’s done. So I’ll see you back when it’s done.
And I guess you want to see that one piece I told you I was going to do. I say it’s going to put it in the bread crumbs. And you see none a lot of those stick on. So then I go my mixture of lemon juice and butter, and then back to the bread crumbs. We’ll get more sticking on this time. So I’ll have a nice coating there. So this goes on my broiling pan and when I do the other the same way then it will go on the oven and you’ll see it back on a serving plate in a few minutes.
I’ve been keeping an eye in my broiled catfish and by taking a fork you can see that it flakes easily. That’s nice and done but its not overly done so I'm going to grab that out and put it on the counter and then its going to go on a platter.
So that’s what it looks like. You will see it that kind of platter with the restaurant meal.
Our southern catfish dinner is all ready. So I’m going to go around and show you how to put it on my plate. The catfish is kind of falling apart here, so I'm just going to take half this piece and put that on a plate. That’s all of it and I’m going to take anyway. And if you want to have some lemon to squeeze on it then take a piece of lemon here are our hush puppies take a couple of those. And dip, you see how dry they are; they’re not greasy like you’re going to find that in the restaurant because we drained them on paper towel. Then a little bit of tartar sauce to accompany that good catfish over here, just put a couple of blabs.
Right here we have the green beans that I’ve told you about that you can make right out of the can. If you add some flavoring from Goya, the ham seasoning, so I'm just going to get a few of those. And then we have our French fries, I’m just going to take my fingers and get them. They are not greasy at all; they we’re taken off the hot oil and put immediately on paper toweling. I’ve got some, not in a fancy way but I’ve got some catsup that I’m going to put here so I can deep my French fries in that. And then I have my lemonade which I made from the lemonade syrup that I’d showed you earlier in the week. And also if you noticed, there is a nice melon salad we did that earlier this week too if you want to look that up. So this is our complete southern catfish dinner and I hope you enjoy it!