Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mini Catfish Cakes

Another wonderful recipe to use U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish in - I recently cooked this on WABG's Delta Kitchen. It's perfect for football season! I can't believe it's already here..... Go Dawgs!!!

Mini Catfish Cakes Appetizer

1 pound U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish fillets
11⁄4 cups Japanese breadcrumbs (panko) **
3 green onions, minced
2 large eggs, beaten
1⁄2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
Caper-Dill Sour Cream, fresh dill sprigs

1. Chop catfish into 1⁄4-inch pieces. Combine catfish, 3⁄4 cup breadcrumbs, and next 5 ingredients; gently stir until well blended. Shape mixture into 12 patties (about 1⁄4 cup each). Dredge patties in remaining 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs.

2. Cook patties, in batches, in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden; drain on paper towels. Garnish, if desired.

Yield: 6 appetizer servings

*11⁄4 cups fresh breadcrumbs may be substituted.

** At Lauren Farms we used store-brand unseasoned breadcrumbs in the mixture. We dredged the cakes in panko bread crumbs. The panko give a delightful, crisp coating. If you can’t find panko, don’t stress – these catfish mini cakes are truly delicious!

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