Blackened Catfish Nuggets & Cheesy Sausage Grits

Ingredients

For blackened fish

Catfish nuggets (You can use any type of fish you like)
Blackened Seasoning (Any brand you like)
Butter

Heat cast iron skillet on high heat. Once it starts smoking it is ready to drop the fish in. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. If it is a thick fish, cook a little longer on each side. It should be blackened but don’t cook too long because it will dry out.

For grits

Bacon
Andouille Sausage (I did not have any so I used 2 brats)
1 small vidalia onion

Fry bacon and set aside.
Sautee Sausage and Onions together and put in grits.

Grits (I made 4 servings. Follow package directions on your grits and for more servings)
2 tablespoons Butter (more if making larger servings)
1/2 cup cheese. I used cheddar but a smoked cheese would be best.

I used these grits and followed directions on pack. I always substitute chicken broth for half of the water. (For example is directions call from 2 cups water. Use 1 cup water & 1 cup chicken broth).
1/2 cup stone ground grits (I used Old Mill Grits from Pigeon Forge, TN)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth

Once grits are done add in 1/2 cup cheese and mix.

My gravy may be confusing on the video since I messed it up and had to fix it. Here is how it is made.

Cajun Gravy Roux Ingredients (First you brown the roux which turns into gravy)

3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter or oil

Mix together until browned.

Cajun Gravy Ingredients
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (You can add in pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and other spices if you like. I left the hot spices out of the gravy and grits because Steve usually doesn’t like a lot of heat. The fish will have plenty of flavor.)

Add in 2 tablespoons of flour at a time. Mix in the chicken broth and seasonings. Whisk over medium heat until it thickens to your liking and the lumps are out. If it is too thick add a little more chicken broth. Remove from heat and pour into a gravy boat.

Once it is all done, dip the grits into a bowl. Pour some gravy on the grits. Top with catfish nuggets and bacon pieces.

Enjoy with all your human friends. They will all agree this is a drool-worthy treat.

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