Whatcha Got Cookin’ is a weekly rock-n-roll recipe from area chefs and restaurants, presented to you so you can try to make it yourself. This week we check out the Blackened Blue Catfish and Grits from Chef Kurt Peter at Chesapeake Chef Services.
Whatcha Got Cookin’ is made possible in part by the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Maryland’s Best Seafood and Agriculture Products Program.
BLACKENED BLUE CATFISH & GRITS
1 lb of Maryland Blue Catfish, raw, cut into 3” strips
¼ cup Blackening Cajun Seasoning
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 table spoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and let marinate for at least an hour
Cook in a cast iron skillet to blacken until just cooked through
2 cups – Heirloom, Thick Grits
4 cups – Any Stock
¼ pound – Tass or smoked
¼ pound – Andouille, Diced
3 sprigs – Thyme
.5 each -White Onion, Minced
4 tablespoons –
Salt and Black
Pepper to taste
¼ cups – Mascarpone
1 each – Lemon, Whole
Sauté onions, thyme, tasso, and andouille
Pour in the stock and bring to a boil.
Add the grits and stir well. Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Cook until grits is tender. Pick out the thyme stems. Stir in butter and season to taste.
Serve grits in a bowl, top with a dollop of room temperature mascarpone and the blackened blue catfish.