Fried Fish served with Cheesy Grits

Photo and Recipe Courtesy of http://creolecontessa.blogspot.com/2013/11/fish-and-grits.html

Ingredients:

4-6 whitefish filets such as  tilapia, swai, or red snapper

1 tablespoon creole seasoning
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 egg beaten
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
Large bottle of canola or vegetable oil
Italian Parsley for garnish

For the Grits

1 cup Grits
3 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of water
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon creole seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup jack cheese, grated
a few dashes of hot sauce

Directions:

To prepare the grits, heat all the liquid ingredients in a stock pot over high heat, add butter and seasonings, when mixture comes to a boil, slowly stir in grits, while whisking non stop for 2 minutes, reduce heat to low, cover grits and cook stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes.
Add extra broth to thin grits if needed. Stir in cheeses and hot sauce whisk well. Pour grits into a buttered casserole dish, cover and refrigerate until set about 4  hours or overnight if desired.

To Prepare the fish, mix seasonings into a small bowl, divide. Rinse fish in cold water, pat dry. Cut fish into 1/2 inch strips.
Place fish on flat surface to season. Season the fish on one side with half of the seasonings. Lightly toss seasoned fish so the seasoning is evenly distributed. Add beaten egg, hot sauce and mustard to fish. Mix lightly and set aside.
Add cornmeal and flour (corn flour) to a brown paper bag or freezer bag season with remaining seasonings shake to mix up.
Heat oil to 350 degrees using a cooking thermometer if you don’t own one then do it the way my mother taught me. Take a little bit of corn flour, drop it in the oil, if the corn flour starts to fry quickly and floats to the top, the oil is ready.
Shake loose excess corn flour as you lift fish out to place in fryer.
Fry fish 7-8 minutes depending on your preference, I love my fish a littler darker and crunchier so 8 minutes guarantees me that perfect texture.

Add enough fish to cover surface area of pan only (don’t over fill or fish will not fry evenly).  Stir fish occasionally to help the fish to fry evenly.Lift fish out with strainer and place on paper towel to assist with draining.  Serve warm.