Catfish Etouffee : Lent Season

Happy Ash Wednesday ! and today starts the Lent Season. In Louisiana that means No meat Friday. So this month my food blog will be dedicated to Non Meat meals.

  • 1 cup enriched white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons brown roux
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)

In a large saucepan, warm roux over medium heat. Stir in onion, green bell pepper, and garlic; cook for about 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in broth and tomatoes. Season with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, black pepper, thyme, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in catfish and parsley. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Combine rice and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until done.

Serve the Catfish etouffee over the rice . Enjoy

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