Sweet and Spicy Asian Catfish Po-Boys

I love catfish po-boys. Alot. My favorite place to get one in the area is at the Highland Kitchen. I also love Asian food, especially Asian-fusion, East meets West recipes (see the Thai risotto from earlier). The carrot pickles to go on the sandwich were also perfect. We ended up making our own rolls (whole wheat from The Tassajara Bread Book) but I think a store-bought baguette would also be tasty.


Sweet and Spicy Asian Catfish Po-Boys
Adapted from Food and Wine

Ingredients
4 soft baguette rolls (about 7 inches long), split lengthwise
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon very finely chopped fresh ginger
1 scallion, white and green parts chopped
3 garlic cloves, 2 very finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Asian red chile sauce (we made this from scratch with leftover thai chilis, but the bottled kind works as well)
2 large, thick, skinless catfish fillets (about 10 ounces each), halved lengthwise
Vegetable oil, for brushing
Thinly sliced cucumber and cilantro sprigs, for serving

Directions
1. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat. Brush the cut sides of the rolls with the butter.
2. In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the honey with the soy sauce, ginger, scallion and chopped garlic. Season the honey glaze lightly with salt and black pepper. In another small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the honey with the vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the carrots and toss to combine. In a third small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the chili paste and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of honey; season the chili mayonnaise with salt.
3. Arrange the fish fillets on a baking sheet; brush with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Broil for about 6 minutes, until the fish is just beginning to turn opaque. Brush the fillets very liberally with the honey glaze and broil for 8 minutes longer, until browned and cooked through.
4. Broil the buttered rolls for 1 minute, until they are toasted. Rub the whole garlic clove all over the toasted sides of the rolls and spread with the sambal mayonnaise. Using a slotted spoon, lift the carrots from the pickling liquid and spread them on the toasted rolls. Top with the glazed fish fillets, cucumber slices and cilantro sprigs and close the sandwiches. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve right away.
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