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Spicy catfish sandwiches
Adapted in freewheeling style from Matt’s in the Market
Chipotle mayo from Nancy Silverton’s A Twist of the Wrist
For the mayo:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons pureed or minced canned chipotles (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the catfish:
2 catfish fillets, quartered into strips
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper
1 cup frying oil of choice
Thin-sliced sandwich bread
Butter lettuce, torn into bread-sized pieces
Stir the mayo ingredients together in a bowl.
Salt and pepper the catfish on both sides. Let sit at room temperature for five minutes. Mix the cornmeal and flour together in a pie plate. Dredge in the catfish in the cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess, and remove to a plate.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high until the oil shimmers and a chunk of bread bubbles vigorously when you toss it in. Add half the catfish strips and fry 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and repeat with the other batch.
Assemble the sandwiches. I am not going to explain this part, except to say that you should put the mayo on both slices.