PARMESAN PANKO CATFISH WITH CAULIFLOWER GRATIN

PARMESAN PANKO CATFISH WITH CAULIFLOWER GRATIN


4 tablespoons olive oil

2-pounds catfish filets, skinned

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

½ cup parsley

1 lemon


Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.


Season the catfish filets on both sides with the salt and pepper.


Beat the eggs in a shallow baking dish or pie plate.  Combine the panko, parmesan, and parsley in another shallow baking dish.


Dip the seasoned catfish filets into the egg.  Let the excess drop off and then press into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.  Place the filets, top-side-down, in the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.  Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to do this in batches, adding more oil as needed.  


When you flip them over, liberally squeeze the lemon over the fish.  Cook until a fork slides in and out of the center of each filet easily.


CAULIFLOWER GRATIN


2 large heads cauliflower (I used purple and yellow, but any colors work!)

1 ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

7 tablespoons butter, divided

4 tablespoons flour

1 ½ cups milk

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 cup Jarlsberg (or good quality Swiss), shredded

1 cup parmesan, grated

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  Remove the leaves and core from each head of cauliflower and discard.  Break the head into evenly (or close to evenly) sized florets.


Add the florets to the boiling water and salt the water (about 1 tablespoon salt).  Cook for 6-8 minutes until the florets are tender but still have some firmness to them.  Drain in a colander.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Spray a 9” x 13” baking dish with non-stick spray and spread the drained cauliflower in an even layer.  Sprinkle the thyme leaves over the top.


Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the flour and cook for 1 minute, whisking, until foamy.  Add the milk, salt, and pepper to the pan and continue cooking, whisking occasionally until a thick sauce forms, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the cheeses until a smooth thick, cheesy sauce forms.


Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the cauliflower.


Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in the saucepan that you made your cheese sauce in.  Add the panko and cook, stirring until the crumbs are lightly browned.  Sprinkle them evenly over the top of the casserole.


Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly.  Garnish with parsley and serve.

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