This recipe actually uses catfish, but I hate catfish so we substituted tilapia as per the suggestion that came with the recipe. It is very similar to the Crispy Tilapia Sandwiches we made a little while ago, but it has some spicy elements so I figured it would be different. Turns out, not so much. It isn't really flavorful and the coating isn't as crispy as I would have liked. We enjoyed the previous tilapia sandwiches much more. We will not make this again.
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Oven-Fried Catfish Sandwiches
Cooking Light, 4/08
You can substitute tilapia for the catfish, if desired, though check for doneness a few minutes earlier because tilapia fillets are usually thinner.
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons capers, chopped
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
4 (4-ounce) catfish fillets
4 (2-ounce) hoagie rolls, toasted
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices red onion
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place baking sheet in oven.
2. Combine mayonnaise, relish, capers, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper sauce in a small bowl, stirring well. Set aside.
3. Combine flour, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Place egg whites in a shallow bowl. Combine cornmeal, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder in a shallow dish. Working with 1 fillet at a time, dredge in flour. Dip in egg whites; dredge in cornmeal mixture. Place fillet on a plate; repeat procedure with remaining fillets, flour, egg whites, and cornmeal mixture.
4. Transfer fillets to preheated baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat fillets with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 6 minutes. Turn fillets and coat with cooking spray; bake an additional 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
5. Place 1 bottom half of roll on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 fillet, 2 tomato slices, and 1 onion slice. Spread 4 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on cut side of each roll top; place on top of sandwiches. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings