Potato Crusted Catfish with Mirliton Lyonnaise

4 servings
  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) catfish fillets
  • 4 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large Idaho russet potatoes, peeled and passed through a vegetable shredder, soaking in cool water
  • Mustard, for coating
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Mirliton Lyonnaise, recipe follows
  • Chopped parsley, garnish
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Season the catfish fillets on both sides with the Essence and salt. Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.

  • Remove the potatoes from the water and pat dry with kitchen towels. Divide into 4 portions and cover with a damp cloth until ready to use.

  • One at a time, coat the fillets in mustard and then wrap tightly with the potato strands.

  • In a large (12-inch) ovenproof skillet, or in 2 medium skillets, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Carefully lay the fish in the pan and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes on the first side. Turn the fillets. Place the skillet in the oven and cook until the fish is cooked through and the underside is golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven. Divide the Mirliton Lyonnaise into 4 portions and place on dinner plates. Lay 1 fish against each, garnish with chopped parsley and Essence, and serve.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Mirliton Lyonnaise:
  • 2 pounds mirlitons (about 4 medium)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 cups julienned yellow onions

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • Salt

  • Freshly cracked white pepper

  • Fresh chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Blanch the whole mirlitons in boiling water until a knife inserted into the flesh comes out with little resistance, about 30 minutes. Drain and let sit until cool enough to handle. Peel, seed and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.

  • In a large skillet or saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to caramelize, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large platter to cool.

  • Return the pan to a medium heat and melt the butter. Layer 1/2 of the mirliton slices to cover the bottom of the pan, season with the salt and pepper. Top with the onions and season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining mirlitons and season with salt and pepper. Place the pan in the oven and roast until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven and carefully place a large plate over the pan. Invert the Lyonnaise onto the plate. Garnish with the chopped parsley and Essence, and present tableside, or cut into individual portions to serve.

  • Yield: 8 servings

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