In honor of the Kwanzaa, we invited the folks of Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem to prepared their popular "Sylvia's Sassy Catfish."
Tren'ness Woods-Black, granddaughter of Sylvia Woods, the founder of Sylvia's, stepped into the Good Day Cafe on Monday.Sylvia's Restaurant is open on New Years Eve and New Years Day 2014.
Sylvia's Sassy Catfish Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 min. Cooking time: 12 min.
½ cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, granular
1 cup tomato puree
1 cup Sylvia's Hot Sauce*
½ cup water
2 stalks celery, cut julienne style
½ cup diced onion
½ cup diced green bell pepper
2 lemons sliced
4 (4-oz.) catfish fillets
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon Sylvia's Secret Seasoning*
2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine Splenda granular, tomato puree, Sylvia's Hot Sauce, water, celery, onion, green bell pepper and lemons in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; reduce heat and simmer five to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle fillets evenly with salt, pepper and Sylvia's Secret Seasoning.
Saute fillets in hot olive oil, in a large skillet, over medium heat for two minutes on each side. Pour sauce over fish; simmer two additional minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. Serve immediately.
*Hot sauce or salt-free herb seasoning may be substituted for Sylvia's Hot Sauce and Sylvia's Secret Seasoning. For that special flavor, look for Sylvia's Hot Sauce and Sylvia's Secret Seasoning at your local market or order online.