Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Old-Fashioned "Fish" Fry

... I mean, "fish" bake. In the South, folks love to fry catfish. People gather in backyards during the summer to stand around, drink cheap beer, and deep-fry cornmeal-battered catfish in a Fry Daddy. I'm guessing these sorts of parties might happen in other parts of the country too, but they were certainly a fixture in my Arkansas hometown when I was growing up.

My parents never ate seafood, and so I grew up without ever having tasted shrimp, crab, lobster, or any of that nastiness. But they do love catfish, and as a kid, I remember liking it too. But one bad experience with a rotten fish (seriously, this thing was disgusting) turned me off of all fish forever. Of course, it wasn't long after that bad fish experience that I went veg at age 14. Needless to say, I do not miss fish or seafood.

But I had to include a fish fry-style recipe in my cookbook. The book is meant to be an homage to veganized Southern cuisine, and fish fries are a big part of Southern culture. Thankfully, my Baked Tofu Fish doesn't taste too terribly fishy. And it's not fried (gasp!) so it's even healthy! I use dulse flakes for that fishy taste, but dulse is pretty mild compared with, say, nori.

Here's my Baked Tofu Fish with a Hush Puppy Corn Muffin and some Spicy Fried Hominy (the homemade tartar sauce isn't pictured):

The corn muffin and hominy recipes are also going in my cookbook. I figured that baking the fish meant that I should also bake the hush puppies. See, even a Southern girl can cook healthily every now and then!

And the hominy ... well, it's sauteed. But it's still fairly low in calories. I love me some hominy, especially doused with a good bit of black pepper.

17 comments:

chocolatecoatedrunner said...

Yum

JEZ RENA said...

There are actually two traditional swedish dishes that include rotten fish. Lutfisk and surströmming. The smell is horrible.
/Jess
P.S. Your blog is awesome! D.S.

mirbrewer said...

Girl! I can't WAIT for your cookbook to come out. Everything looks SO scrumptious. Although I'm not technically from the south, my daddy's people are from Mississippi and I guess you can take the family out of the south but you can't take the south out of the family.

Rick said...

im starting to think you're posting these awesome-looking recipes every day to tease me! ;) damn, another classic-looking dish!

Eric said...

Hush Puppy Corn Muffin, yes please!

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

SWEET! I'm all over those hush puppy corn muffins!!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I am in a frenzy over your cookbook. I NEED IT!

Cody grew up here in Saudi like me, but his papa is from deep in the south of Louisiana and oh boy do they love a fish fry down there! In fact, when we first went vegan that was the only thing that Cody worried about, missing fried fish and sea food. I can't wait to get your cookbook and make this for him to satisfy his cajun tastebuds!

Jessica said...

I used to love catfish, too, until I saw one swimming. I think I'd be ready to try a tofu version.

Carrie said...

Catfish look so nasty - I don't know how people can eat them!

Love your vegan, healthy version though. :)

Michelle said...

Oh man...I used to love fried catfish, until I watched my uncle dress them (disgusting & sad)! So, how long until the cook book comes out? Your dishes look and sound so yummy!

Jessica @ Lima's Vegan Kitchen said...

I think you should just open up a restaurant while youre at it too! every time i come to your blog the wait for your cookbook gets longer and longer!!!

radioactivegan said...

I can remember many trips to Reelfoot lake for fried catfish ... I can't wait to try this one out.

On another note, I won Etre the Cow from your blog a while ago. Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed it. I'm hoping to pass it on to someone else, if you know anyone else interested in the book: http://theradioactivegan.blogspot.com/2010/06/dont-give-me-no-bull.html

Erin said...

You've made me realize that there's not enough hominy in my life.

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

I'm w/Jessica. PLEASE just open a restaurant.

Jessica said...

Very creative! Love the pics. What a neat idea for a cookbook. The South is so steeped in a "meaty" tradition that it's nice to see some new traditions being born!

jessyburke88@gmail.com

Babette said...

That looks so good. I'm really looking forward to your cookbook. I really like the fact that it is mostly low in fat!

And I love your blog. I never leave comments, but it is one of the blogs I enjoy reading the most! You are doing a great job!

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

Bianca:
I truly cannot wait for your cookbook. Can it be preordered? I want to send my dear old dad a copy.