Catfish Sauce Piquante Served Over Jalapeno Corn Muffins
1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets, cubed
2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped plum tomatoes and their juices
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3 cups fish stock or shrimp stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Giant Jalapeno Corn Muffins, recipe follows, or steamed long grain white rice, accompaniment
1/4 cup chopped green onions (green and white parts), plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, garnish
Season the catfish with the Essence and set aside.
Heat the oil in large heavy nonstick pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Using a heavy wooden spoon, stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, until a medium-colored roux forms, about 6 minutes. Add the onions, onions, bell peppers, celery, garlic, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire, and pepper sauce, stir well to combine, and cook until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Whisk in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
Add the catfish and green onions, stir, and simmer until the catfish are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste.
To serve, split 4 corn muffins in 1/2 horizontally and place 2 halves on each of 4 large plates. Spoon the catfish and sauce piquante onto the muffins. Garnish with the green onions and parsley and serve.
**You can also add whatever you may have on hand. I added 5 sliced hot okra (in a jar) & chopped several carrots too.**