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La Belle Cuisine
by Paul Prudhomme, 1984,
William Morrow and Co., Inc.
pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter,
melted in a skillet
tablespoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoons salt
teaspoon onion powder
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon ground red pepper
teaspoon white pepper
teaspoon black pepper
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
(8- to 10-ounce) fish fillets (preferably redfish,
pompano or tilefish),
cut about 1/2 inch thick
Redfish and pompano are ideal for this method of cooking. If
used, you may have to split the fillets in half horizontally
to have the proper thickness.
If you can’t get any of these fish, salmon
steaks or red snapper
fillets can be substituted. In any case, the fillets
or steaks must not be more
than 3/4 inch thick.
a large cast-iron skillet over very high heat until it is beyond the
smoking stage and you see white ash in the skillet bottom (the skillet
not be too hot for this dish), at least 10 minutes. [Believe me, this
your smoke alarm. We
always do this outside. MG]
pour 2 tablespoons melted butter in each of 6 small ramekins;
and keep warm. Reserve the remaining butter in its skillet. Heat
serving plates in a 250-degree [F.] oven.
combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl. Dip
each fillet in
the reserved melted butter so that both sides are well coated; them
sprinkle seasoning mix generously and evenly on both sides of the
patting it in by hand. Place in the hot skillet and pour 1 teaspoon
butter on top of each fillet (be careful, as the butter may flame up).
Cook, uncovered, over the same high heat until the underside looks
2 minutes (the time will vary according to the fillet’s
ness and the heat
of the skillet). Turn the fish over and again pour
spoon butter on top; cook until fish is done, about 2 minutes more.
Repeat with remaining fillets. Serve each fillet while piping hot.
one fillet and a ramekin
of butter on each heated serving
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen Reopens!
Chef Paul Prudhomme looks on, right, while a couple
left, to the 'Storyville Stompers Brass Band' playing outside
'K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen', Tuesday, October 18, 2005
[Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans August 29, 2005]
Photo by Mel Evans, courtesy of
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Chef Paul Prudhomme
"After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, people across the nation
out to help the stricken area. But few were as early or an ardent as
own Chef Paul Prudhomme. In the storm's wake, Prudhomme - the man behind
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen and Magic Seasoning Blends - rushed into action
from Arkansas, where he was staying temporarily. He went to the nearest Wal-
Mart and packed six trailers full of supplies, including generators,
and medical equipment, much at his own expense. Once back in New Orleans,
Prudhomme and Shawn McBride, Magic Seasoning Blends' president and
CEO, got to work, feeding more than 35,000 troops. Many of their employees
were left homeless, but Prudhomme reopened the businesses quickly, ensuring
that the staff had a place to earn a paycheck, eat three meals a day, and
sleep. 'He did what he thought was the right thing to do,' says McBride.
is the most positive pill you can take.' "
We salute you, Chef Prudhomme!
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