Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thomas’ Impossible Catfish Pie

1/2 lb. lamb’s quarters
1 lb. catfish nuggets
2 cups cornmeal
½ medium onion
½ medium carrot
1 stalk celery
1 large potato
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 (10.5 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
¾ cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup Bisquick
1 tsp. dill weed, c/s
¼ tsp. paprika, ground
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. butter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 11” or 12” deep dish pie plate with canola oil spray.
Prepare Lamb’s Quarters: Hopefully they were picked cleanly, but sort through them and remove any grass or weeds. Fill a large (2 gallon) tub with cool water and dunk and shake the greens to remove any sand or bugs. Pick them up by the handful and put them in a Dutch oven size kettle with a tight fitting lid. Cover and cook on medium high heat until all wilted. Cool, drain and chop (1” to 2” pieces). Layer in bottom of prepared pie plate.
Prepare catfish: Rinse and drain pieces, checking for bones. Cut into 1” nuggets and roll in cornmeal. Layer over the lamb’s quarters.
Prepare vegetables: Peel and dice the vegetables into 1/4” pieces. Sauté over medium heat in well seasoned skillet in olive oil until onion is translucent. Sprinkle vegetables over catfish.
Prepare batter: Mix soup, milk, eggs, Bisquick, and seasonings in blender. Pour over all.
Prepare topping: Melt butter in microwave safe 1 quart mixing bowl. Add Panko crumbs and stir with fork until mixed. Sprinkle over pie.
Bake in oven for 45 to 50 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out mostly clean. Pie should be just set, not over baked. Remove from oven and set on wire rack for five minutes before cutting and serving.
Serves: 8
Substitutions: Spinach can be substituted for lamb’s quarters. Frozen spinach should be thawed and drained. Canned spinach should be well drained.
Cream of chicken or cream of celery could be substituted for cream of mushroom. Flavor will be a little different but still tasty.
Chopped fresh dill weed would be a tasty alternative.
Addition: If you like it hot, add some hot sauce or cayenne to the batter. My husband puts hot sauce on about everything, including this pie.
This could easily be baked in a 9”x13” glass baking dish or two 8”x8” baking dishes. After baking, (or partially baked?), one could be frozen. Watch and adjust baking times as needed.

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