Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Paleo Lent Week #5: who let the catfish out of the bag?
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan established National Catfish Day (June 25th) because farm-raised catfish became such a staple of the diet of the United States! So let us celebrate the Catfish this week during Lent’s Meat-Free Fridays! (I am almost ashamed to admit--- I have never had Catfish- not really a jersey thing...) Catfish is high in Vitamin D and provides 100% of your daily Vitamin B12. It also has high levels of phosphorous and selenium, and low in Mercury! Round out your health benefits, and top your fish, with a fresh pineapple and mango salsa. (The salsa can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. yay!)
No Lackin’ on the Blackin’ Catsfish
• 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
• 2 teaspoons cumin or chili powder
• 2 teaspoons rosemary, crushed
• 2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1 teaspoon oregano
• ½ teaspoon salt
Combine all dry ingredients, rub fillets with olive oil, then coat liberally with spices.
Fry bacon; save bacon for tomorrow’s breakfast, retain the grease.
Drop in hot bacon grease and cook until you can easily put a fork through them.
Pineapple Mango Salsa
• 1 jalapeno, or to taste, chopped
• 1 to 2 limes, juiced
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat a grill pan over high heat.
Grill the pineapple rings, turning once, until charred, about 2 minutes.
Transfer the rings to a cutting board and chop.
In a bowl, combine the pineapple, mango, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, olive oil, ginger, jalapeno, and lime juice.
Season with salt and pepper and set aside.