Blackened Catfish with Sweet Potato Grits
4 Louisiana Catfish Fillets (~ 1 ½ lbs)
4 tsp Blackening Seasoning
2 Tbsp oil
1 large sweet potato (~ ½ lb)
3 c unsalted chicken broth
1½ c heavy cream
1 c stone-ground white or yellow grits
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for serving
¼ c C’est Tout Dried Trinity Mix
1 c Smoked Gouda (Peace, Love, & Smoke)
½ tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1 tsp black pepper, divided
Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 400°. Wrap sweet potato tightly in foil and bake on a small rimmed baking sheet until a knife slides very easily into flesh, 35–45 minutes. Let cool.
Bring broth and cream to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Meanwhile, season catfish fillets with Blackening Seasoning and heat cast iron pan with 2 tbsp oil.
Whisk grits into broth mixture, making sure there are no clumps. Add C’est Tout. Cook, still over medium heat, whisking often, until thick and creamy but with a little bite, 25–30 minutes. Add butter and smoked Gouda.
Unwrap sweet potato and peel. Transfer flesh to a medium bowl and mash until creamy and smooth (you should have about 2 cups). Add to grits and blend. Season as needed.
Place Catfish in hot skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side until done.
Transfer grits to a large shallow bowl; top with a pat of butter and season with more pepper. Top with Blackened Catfish.
45g Fat (23g Saturated fat, 165mg Cholesterol.) 430mg Sodium. 37g Carbohydrates (2g Fiber, 6g Total sugar.) 27g Protein.
Lower Fat: Substitute non-stick cooking spray for oil. Use fat-free half and half, Reduce cheese by half. Use low-fat butter spread such as Smart Balance Light and reduce by half. 370 Calories. 12g Fat (3.5g Saturated fat, 70mg Cholesterol.) 390mg Sodium. 41g Carbohydrates (2g Fiber, 7g Total sugar.) 25g Protein.
Lower Carbohydrate: Substitute 4 cups riced cauliflower for grits. 580 Calories. 44g Fat (23g Saturated fat, 165mg Cholesterol.) 450mg Sodium. 19g Carbohydrates (4g Fiber, 7g Total sugar.) 27g Protein. Further reductions in carbohydrates would change integrity of dish.
Lower Sodium: Use salt substitute and reduce cheese by half 630 Calories. 43g Fat (22g Saturated fat, 155mg Cholesterol.) 290mg Sodium. 37g Carbohydrates (2g Fiber, 6g Total sugar.) 27g Protein.
Dairy-free: Use dairy-free half and half, such as Califa Unsweetened Better Half. Substitute vegan butter spread and cheese.
Gluten-free: Ensure Blackening seasoning and grits are gluten-free.