A couple of things you should know about me: I love sandwiches. And I love catfish, more than any other fish. So when I came across a recipe that combines those two loves of mine, I got cooking.


This sandwich consumed my attention last night. So much so that while I was making it, I sorta ignored my true love, my fiancee, while she was busy pulling out every wire behind our entertainment system in order to fix our wireless Internet connection. Not exactly my most chivalrous moment. But then, making a sandwich is serious work–especially when the sandwich turns out to be as delicious as this one.

I wish I could claim the Catfish Sloppy Joe as my own creation, but credit goes to chef Rick Moonen who shared the recipe with Esquire magazine a few years back. You can find the recipe here.

If you don’t have catfish in your freezer, I bet bass or crappie would taste good, too. Or, you can just cheat with tilapia fillets from the supermarket. If you’re having people over for the game, the sandwich would work great in slider form. Otherwise, if it’s just you and a buddy, go with the mammoth manwhich like the one I inhaled. Just be sure to have lots of napkins close by. You’ll need them.