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By Karin Calloway
Thai Catfish Cakes
Many Thai restaurant menus include curried fish cakes as an appetizer. Although I love the flavor of the cakes, the texture is a bit over processed. I set out to create a Thai fish cake with better texture and loads of fresh flavor. For the fish, I turned to readily available, inexpensive Mississippi farm-raised catfish. The mild lightness of the catfish makes it the perfect palette for assertive Thai flavors. The result is an appetizer that is sublimely fresh and flavorful.
Use a small cookie scoop to divide the mixture into 16 balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and set aside on a plate. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large frying pan and fry fish cakes in batches for 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining oil and fish cakes.
Place fish cakes on a platter surrounding a bowl of the Sweet Chili Sauce.
Makes 16 cakes.