It is cold here again today. In the low 60's. I'm not ready for this weather. But it is perfect stew and soup weather. After this week of rain I think our gardens will come back with another bounty of goodies. Plus it is going back in the high 70's and 80's next week. If I don't freeze first.
Creole Catfish Stew
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce ( more if you like)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (who cares if it's 2 cups)
3 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
2 cups frozen baby lima beans ( one 10-ounce package)
2 cups fresh (cut from about 3 ears) or frozen kernels
2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
In a large pot, heat oil over moderate heat. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme, oregano, mustard, Tabasco sauce, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. add the wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. You can increase the spiciness at the end by increasing the Tabasco sauce or adding a bit of cayenne pepper, as written it should give you a moderate heat level.
Add the tomatoes and broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Add the lima beans and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in the corn and simmer 4 minutes more. Add the catfish and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, bring back to a simmer, and cook until just done, about 2 minutes. Please don't over cook your fish. Serve topped with chopped parsley or cilantro.
This is a fast meal that serves 4. This recipe was adapted from Food & Wine Magazine, and it is by far the best recipe I have found.