Friday, December 17, 2010

Maintaining Goals pt. 1

Since exams are finally over for me I am going to take the first step to follow through with my winter break goals.  Let's talk food.  I spontaneously met up with Matt Huffman at my apartment and cooked up some dinner.  Upon looking around my kitchen, I realized that I have almost no food because of preparations to go home.  I was able to dig out some potatoes and catfish I picked up on manager's special at K-Rog. This is what I cooked and how I did it, using only what I had at the time.  Had I prepared, I would have steamed some green veggies and a salad to go with it, just to add some small measure of healthiness to the meal.

Pan Fried Potatoes:
Unpealed potatoes evenly sliced about 1/4" thick
Butter, Salt, Peper, Cajun Seasoning, Onion Powder

Melt a generous amount of butter in a skillet (cast iron, if you have it) over medium heat.  Add the potatoes and stir around to coat on all sides with butter.  Add in the seasoning (don't measure just add some and taste it after).  Cover the skillet, but leave a sliver open for some steam to free out.  Cook until the potatoes are soft and have some nice golden color.  Make sure they don't stick to the bottom, the fewer times you flip them the prettier they will turn out.

Fried Catfish:
Cat fish fillets
Vegetable Oil
Flour, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, old bay seasoning, Cajun seasoning

Heat up 2/3" oil in a skillet to 350 degrees (this is difficult without a candy thermometer. I didn't have one and I didn't get my oil hot enough so my fish didn't turn golden brown but it was still really tasty) Beat an egg with some milk and put it in a shallow bowl.  Throw your dry ingredients on a plate.  Rinse the fillets, dip them in the egg/milk and then cover them with the dry ingredients.  Place the fillets into the oil, be careful, when you flip the fillets make sure they land away from you so you don't splash yourself.  Cook until the fish just begins to flake when you drag a fork across it.

That's it.  It was suuuuper easy and pretty fun even though I slopped cooking oil all over the floor.  Comments, additions, and questions are welcome.  Please let me know if you actually try this out.  Happy Chrsitmas break!

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