Cornmeal and Pecan Crusted Catfish

“Eric’s mom” gave me this recipe, too.  Eric was my eldest son’s friend and our neighbor for a couple of years many years ago when we were in an apartment complex.  His mother was a state-fair prize-winning cook in her younger days and I used to remember her name but we lost touch and it’s been too many years. Anyway, I grew up on the Dakota prairie and hadn’t cooked catfish till I moved to southeast Texas.  This is tasty, and not too fussy of a recipe.

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Cornmeal and Pecan Crusted Catfish

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Ingredients
  • 4 catfish fillets (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 6 Tbsp cornmeal
  • 1/4 c AP flour
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • cooking spray
  • lemon wedges (for serving)
Method
  1. Combine cornmeal, flour, pecans, salt, garlic powder and paprika mix well.
  2. Divide into two pie plates
  3. Combine egg and water and put in another pie plate.
  4. Dredge each piece of catfish in one plate, then in egg mixture then the other plate.
  5. Spray skillet with cooking spray, then heat canola oil over medium heat.
  6. When hot, add fillets. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily.
  7. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cheesesteak-Stuffed Peppers

I don’t know about you, but I see a lot of recipes from Tasty on my Facebook feed.  They are little how-to-make-this-amazing-food videos and usually, they have one feature or another that makes them look a little too imposing.  Maybe they make too little or too much or they use an ingredient my kids won’t eat or are allergic to or … Whatever the issue, Cheesesteak-Stuffed Peppers is the first of theirs I’m going to try. This actually makes exactly twice what I need but I figure the leftovers will make lunches.

Leftover Hambone Soup

This is a soupwith zero beans.  It also has zero potatoes. Instead, the heartiness comes from cauliflower and butternut squash.  The bit of garlic powder adds flavor without overpowering it.

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Leftover Hambone Soup

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Ingredients
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1.5 c. diced butternut squash
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • water to fill crock pot
  • 2 c diced ham (optional if your ham bone was well picked over)
Method
  1. Place ham bone and vegetables in crock pot.
  2. Add seasonings and enough water to nearly fill the crock.
  3. Cover. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove bone and any shards that may have fallen off.
  5. Add diced ham and any usable ham that can be picked off the bone.
  6. Cover, cook 15 minutes longer.
  7. Remove bay leaves and serve.

Sweet Orange-Ginger Chicken

While the directions say to cook it in the crock pot, you can also bake it for one hour at 375 (after thawing overnight).  My youngest loves all things orange and this is tasty and tangy from the barbecue sauce as well as the ginger.

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Sweet Orange-Ginger Chicken

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 c barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 c orange marmalade
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 6 boneless skinless thighs
Method

To Freeze

  1. Label gallon bag
  2. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces
  3. Put chicken in bag.
  4. Whisk other ingredients in bowl.
  5. Pour into bag with chicken.
  6. Seal, flatten, freeze flat.

To Cook

  1. Thaw in refrigerator overnight
  2. Place contents in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on LOW 6 hours.
  4. Serve with rice.

Slow Cooker “Steak” Tips

This is comfort food.  I actually prefer to make a cup of brown gravy from an envelope rather than use a jar of gravy because of the flavor.  You could also add mushrooms (if no one in your family objects — I have objectors).

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Slow Cooker “Steak” Tips

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Ingredients
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jar beef gravy
Method
  1. Place stew meat in crock pot.
  2. Drizzle with Worcestershire.
  3. Pour gravy over.
  4. Cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.