Crispy Catfish and Black Eyed Peas, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Relish with Fried Collard Greens (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Crispy Catfish and Black Eyed Peas, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Relish with Fried Collard Greens (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. Preheat the fryer.
  2. In a large saute pan, over medium heat, render the bacon until crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon, drain on paper towels, and set aside. Add the onions to the bacon fat. Season with black pepper. Saute until caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic and black-eyed peas. Continue to saute for 1 minute. Stir in the veal reduction and bring the liquid to a simmer. Simmer the mixture for 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the parsley, remove from the heat, and keep warm.
  4. Season the fillets with Essence, on both sides. Season the flour with Essence. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Dredge the fillets in the seasoned flour, coating each side completely. Pan fry the fillets until crispy, about 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  5. Add the greens to the hot oil and fry until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. To serve, spoon the black eyed peas in the center of each plate. Sprinkle the reserved crispy bacon over the peas. Lay the fish on top of the peas. Garnish with the fried greens.
  7. Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  8. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  9. Yield: about 2/3 cup
  10. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1272.93 Kcal (5330 kJ)
Calories from fat 741.08 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 82.34g 127%
Cholesterol 244.69mg 82%
Sodium 5098.05mg 212%
Potassium 1372.22mg 29%
Total Carbs 60.49g 20%
Sugars 3.16g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9.76g 39%
Protein 64.22g 128%
Vitamin C 7.6mg 13%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 7.7mg 43%
Calcium 252.1mg 25%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 232.13 Kcal (972 kJ)
Calories from fat 135.14 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.02g 127%
Cholesterol 44.62mg 82%
Sodium 929.66mg 212%
Potassium 250.23mg 29%
Total Carbs 11.03g 20%
Sugars 0.58g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.78g 39%
Protein 11.71g 128%
Vitamin C 1.4mg 13%
Iron 1.4mg 43%
Calcium 46mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 31.5
  • 33

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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