Put down that can and ‘just say no’ to another tuna casserole. Instead, serve up a fish of the whiskered kind in honor of National Catfish Day. Named for its whiskers but labeled a bottom-feeder, it wouldn’t appear to be very appetizing.
Obviously President Ronald Reagan believed this ray-finned specimen to be special when, on June 25, 1987, he signed into law a proclamation, clearly demonstrating his fondness for the fish. And believe it or not, this gem of the sea is enjoyed globally.
Celebrate National Catfish Day by dishing up a Cajun menu. From po’ boys to fried fish cakes to blackened, your options are endless. Recruit your fishing buddies and spend the day on a chartered boat in pursuit of the star of the day. Serve it up with red beans & rice, coleslaw, corn on the cob and sweet potato fries.
In homage to President Reagan, the perfect after-dinner treat would be a big bowl of jellybeans. They are American classics and are available in flavors from great to gross. Who knows? You may be the lucky one who bites down on a catfish flavor.