Whenever I see the word ‘smothered’ in a recipe, I tend to visualize oodles of lovely, gooey melted cheese on top of whatever protein, vegetable or fruit in the recipe. This is different. The catfish here is smothered by veggies.
I’m not particularly a catfish fan. I don’t stock a lot in my freezer, as a little goes a loooooong way for me. Eating catfish 6 times a year is enough for me. It gets tiring too quickly.
Now, if I eat catfish as little as 6 times a year, then the recipes have to be memorable. Not any old catfish stew or peppersoup for me (although roasted catfish in peppersauce is the bomb!), and this recipe is testament to that fact. You will love it, regardless of whether you eat catfish as little as I do, or an avid lover of it.
There’s a lot of prep involved here, per the cutting and slicing of all the veggies, but, I promise you, it’s well worth it. I served this on it’s own, but it has enough tasty sauce if you’d like to serve it over rice.
P.S: I realize I’m not blogging as regularly as I ought to, but that’s only because I’m testing a lot of recipes right now. Some of you guys sent me foods you’d like me to feature here, and men!!!, you guys are very creative. The list is long, and very innovative, and I’m grateful to you guys for encouraging me to push the envelope. Kisses!
P.S2: Please leave me comments. I really love hearing from you…
Servings: 4 Difficulty: Easy
- 2 large catfish, gutted and cleaned (use a sharp knife to make 2 gashes on each side)
- 3 large carrots, julienned
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 6 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped (for some reason this becomes very mellow at the end)
- 2 handfuls of green beans, chopped
- 3 large green bell peppers, sliced
- 1 small bunch of spring onions (green part only, sliced)
- 5 large tomatoes, chopped
- 4 green chilies, chopped
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 single stock cubes
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything apart from the fish in a large bowl.
- Put half of the mixture on the base of an 11×13 baking dish. Lay the fish on the bed of vegetables, and cover with a blanket of the remaining half of the vegetables.
- Cover tightly with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, prick the foil with a fork in several places and bake for another 15 minutes, or till your fish is as done as you like.
Enjoy it…we did!