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Catfish with Shrimp Sauce

4 Catfish fillets (about 3
-lbs)
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 c Butter; melted
2 1/2 tb Peanut or olive oil
1/2 sm Yellow onion; peeled,
-chopped finely
2 tb Finely chopped celery
2 tb Butter
1/2 lb Fresh mushrooms; sliced
1 tb (heaping) flour
1/4 c Fish stock (see recipe) or
-clam juice
1 ds Tabasco
1/2 Lemon; juice of
2 tb Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c Dry sherry
1 tb Finely chopped parsley
1/4 lb Shrimp; cooked & cleaned
-(cocktail or salad shrimp
-are fine for this)


Salt and pepper the fillets. Mix the melted butter and oil in an oven-proof baking dish. (Pyrex would be fine.) Dredge the fillets in the mixture and broil, basting often with the butter and oil mixture. Do not overcook. The fish will barely begin to brown and will just begin to flake.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by sautéing the onion and celery in the 2 tablespoons butter. When clear add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in the flour. Work out all lumps. Add the fish stock or clam juice, Tabasco, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry sherry, and parsley. Simmer for a moment until thick and then add the shrimp. Cook for just a minute and top the fish with the sauce.


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