Crunchy meets smooth in this recipe. . .pretzels and tartar sauce. . .
–2 catfish fillets (medium size)
–pretzel crumbs (2 large pretzels, crushed in a food processor)
–breadcrumbs (plain, boxed, one-quarter cup)
–egg (1, beaten)
–sun – dried tomatoes in oil (I use Sam’s Choice; 2 tomatoes, diced)
–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)
–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon)
–lemon juice (2 squirts)
–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon)
–mayonnaise (2 tablespoons)
1 – Make the tartar sauce ahead of time, if possible, so flavors season. Stir tomatoes, garlic, basil, lemon juice, Dijon, and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Refrigerate until time for dinner.
2 – Place the breadcrumbs on a large plate with olive oil. Place the egg in a small mixing bowl; stir briskly. Roll a catfish fillet in the breadcrumbs; dip in the egg. Add crushed pretzels and a little more oil to the plate. Roll the catfish in the pretzel crumbs. Then place in a covered baking dish. Go through the same procedure with the second catfish. Do NOT add water to the baking dish.
3 – Microwave the catfish fillets for 4 minutes on high.
4 – Serve the catfish hot, with the chilled tartar sauce on the side.
–inspired by old recipe clipped from unknown source.