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Healthy Homage to Southern Cooking 
Aug. 25, 2010 8:04 am 
Updated: Aug. 26, 2010 8:20 pm

Most food bloggers are not only information providers, most of us are huge consumers. Like everyone, I have  blogs I absolutely love to read. One of those is Drick's Rambling Cafe. Drick writes about great southern recipes from around Mobile Bay, including Gulf Coast seafood, Creole, Cajun and Mexican. All his recipes look absolutely wonderful. But, as is often the case in Southern cooking, many were higher in fat and calories than the dishes I normally. do. 

Recently, he posted a recipe for "Southern Oven-Fried Catfish" that looked absolutely fantastic. It also got me thinking. "Self," I said, "didn't I set out to take food I love and make it healthier while trying to retain or even improve on the flavor of the original?"

"Yes," I answered to myself. "Well, then do it!"

I started with Drick's recipe for catfish and thought about some of my other favorite Southern dishes. Mashed sweet potatoes, those wonderful  green beans with bacon, and corn bread all came to mind. So, this is my homage to Southern cooking. 

We'll start today with my version of Drick's Oven-Fried Catfish and I'll post the others in coming days. For the fish, I substituted low-fat buttermilk, reduced the salt and used Hungarian Paprika, which I find to be more flavorful than the generic paprika. It can be found in many groceries and international food markets. The fish was absolutely delicious! The coating had a fantastic crunch and a savory flavor. The fish was flaky with a creamy flavor that had just a hint of the mustard from the marinade. Each fillet worked out to only 309 calories with 13 grams of fat and 1 of fiber.

Try it with some of my jalapeño tartar sauce

I used the same technique on some chicken for our son and it was just as good. We'll be using this on other dishes in the future.

Let's eat!

Get the recipe at Fight the Fat Foodie!

Deal of the Day: Having a very thin spatula like this Oxo Good Grips Fish Turner can make the difference when you're dealing with delicate foods.
Aug. 25, 2010 9:32 am
Like you, I love to cook. Since my Mom, who taught me how, is from the South, that's what I learned from a young age. "Healthy" and Southern" I always thought were a bit of an oxymoron! I took a 6 week course of "cooking light" classes about 20 years ago it changed the way I cook. I also love to eat and refuse to give up my favorites: Mexican, Italian, Southern, so I had to re-learn how to prepare them for my family at home so we didn't all become obese! Thankfully, none of us has and both of my kids now love to cook as well. Love the recipe for Oven fried catfish and jalapeno tartar sauce. Thanks for sharing the Fight the Fat Foodie website too!
Aug. 25, 2010 4:27 pm
Your catfish sounds wonderful! I am dieting right now and started reading the recipe but thought...I can't have catfish without tartar sauce!! And then I kept reading and found a recipe for it that sounds wonderful!! Thank you. By the way, I made your spicy ranch dressing from the skinny taco salad recipe and loved it. I will always have this on hand. My big vice is - I like a little salad with my salad dressing. Thanks for the posts.
Aug. 25, 2010 7:01 pm
Picture is great and recipe sounds wonderful....I have always been intrigued by southern cooking, it can be a little high on the calories. Good for you for taking this and making it lighter. Now where to find Catfish in Canada, my husband would love this. Thanks for sharing. Hope your son is doing well.
Aug. 26, 2010 8:20 pm
Thanks guys for your wonderful comments!
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