The meal I’m sharing today reminds me of childhood, only we’re going to take something simple and make it a little more special!
I love fish, but I especially love a fish sandwich! I recently tried a Cooking Light recipe for Catfish Po’boy with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce. It was as amazing as it sounds! I used frozen catfish filets and we grilled them. That alone added a great flavor to the fish, and of course it cooked up in no time. This peanut sauce takes it up a whole new notch, adding great flavors to the sandwich!
Also, I don’t often make dessert for us on a weeknight, but for this meal, I wanted a little something sweet afterwards. So, I did a flashback dessert, making a pudding parfait. Again, it was bumped up a whole notch by doing two things:
- I used the new natural flavored Jell-O Pudding mix. Have you tried them? The vanilla and chocolate have both been really, really good, and I’m not usually a fan of the instant varieties!
- I made fresh whipping cream instead of Cool Whip! Yum. The end.
Catfish Po’boy with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup Thai chile sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 (6-ounce) farm-raised catfish fillets
- Cooking spray
- Remaining ingredients:
- 4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls, split and lightly toasted
- 2 cups shredded napa (Chinese) cabbage
To prepare sauce, heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and ginger; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Add hoisin sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, and sugar; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.
Prepare grill or broiler.
To prepare catfish, combine chile sauce and garlic in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add catfish; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
Remove fish from marinade; discard marinade. Place fish on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Spread 1 tablespoon sauce over bottom half of each hoagie roll; top each serving with 1/2 cup cabbage, 1 catfish fillet, and top half of roll. Serve immediately.
Sometimes we overthink dessert. Why not do a simple dish like pudding and make it a little more special with fresh whipping cream and a berry!
Mix up a package of Jell-O pudding. Let set until firm (about 5 minutes). Then you can either layer the pudding and the whipping cream, or you can line the dish with the cream and put the pudding over the top…Pudding in a Cloud!
I add a little powdered sugar to the whipping cream to sweeten it.
Top with a strawberry!
A fish sandwich and Pudding…it doesn’t get any more reminiscent or delicious than that!
Do you remember this pudding dessert as a kid?