Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gluten free Seafood Breader Mix kid,D (13 years old and picky) has been sick with stomach pains for weeks now. An upper GI xray series showed nothing.

But we had him eat only eggs and yogurt one day because those are the 2 things that consistently did not cause him pain.

So we decided to give him a special diet for the week or so we waited to go see the pediatric GI. Gluten free and. Dairy free. Yogurt doesn't count. It is digested differently than other dairy but we are keeping him off of that too. Just to make sure...

We decided to ask him what kind of protein will he eat besides eggs. He says "catfish!" We used to eat it all the time. At least a few times a month because it used to be the cheapest fresh fish out there at $3.99 a pound. Lately, it has been almost as expensive as salmon. If we had a choice between salmon or catfish...salmon wins!

So since he chose catfish I needed to figure out how he planned on eating it. We usually use this. So I needed to come up with a gluten free option.

Let's see...the label starts with corn flour. Got it. Then it adds wheat four and a variety of other things, I can't remember what, including spices. Just from tasting and looking at it...salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder...

OK. I'm game! I'll try it.

I bought some corn flour. I already had Gluten Free Bisquick in the house. For a pound of fish nuggets I put about 3 tablespoons corn flour, and 2 of Bisquick. I figured that the Bisquick would be salty. I didn't add any salt big mistake! I would definitely start with at least a 1/4 teaspoon. Then I added some pepper and paprika just by shaking some in. Wrong! Not enough! It needs to be measured! 

Think about it...You are cooking a pound of meat. You need seasonings!

Next time I'll add 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/8 the teaspoon of ground black ( or white) pepper and 1/4 paprika. That is what I was shooting for when I just shook it in. I obviously failed! Mine was tasteless! It's a good thing I made tarter sauce to go with it! D didn't notice the difference! 

Thank goodness! He'll even have some leftovers!

So here it is:
1 lb catfish (cut in nuggets)
3 Tbsp corn flour
2 Tbsp (gluten free) Bisquick mix
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika

Toss all ingredients into a plastic or paper baggy. Shake well to coat. Place in hot skillet with a little oil or cooking spray. Catfish is a fatty fish. It doesn't need much oil. Brown on each side for 3-4 minutes. Voila! Serve warm with tarter sauce if desired. Also tasty cold as leftovers. It gets rubbery if you nuke it (put it in the microwave).

The measurements to make tarter sauce depends on if you are a heavy or light condiment user. I just use proportions. 1 part sweet relish (rinse spoon, I'm lazy!), 2 parts mayonnaise, one part lemon juice. Mix until well combined. Enjoy! Just a's much easier to put the tarter sauce on the fish than it is to dip...

I hope you love it like my picky guy and I did (...or would have if I wasn't to lazy to measure the spices) !

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