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Cornmeal Fried Catfish
When my next door neighbor was painting
his living room, he asked my husband if he
would babysit, or rather fish-sit, his fish of
unknown origin for him until the room was
done. That was a year and a half ago and
the fish of unknown origin is still living on top
of our piano, blowing bubbles and waving
his fins at me. My husband has grown very
fond of him. Me, not so much. Although, he's
growing on me, as much as anything with a brain the size of sesame seed
can grow on you. The neighbor does not seem to have any interest in
having him back, although I have hinted repeatedly to him and anyone else
who enters my home, that we'd be more than willing to part with him.
No takers. Hmm.
When I am particularly annoyed by him, as annoyed as you can be
by a fish of unknown origin, or more accurately, the husband who
dribbles water on the piano when filling up the fish's tank, I decide it
is time for a fish fry. The fish usually knows this is a good time to beat
fins behind the fake foliage in his tank. Okay, maybe his brain is bigger
than a sesame seed after all.
The fish of unknown origin: Shark or Catfish?
If you can identify it, please let me know. I'm stumped.
There is something joyous about pulling out my Cool Daddy Deep Fryer,
filling it to the max line with oil and setting it at 340 degrees. I don't
care who you are: fried=yummy. I mean, why else do I wait all year with
drooling anticipation to see what they're frying up at this year's state
fair? Did anyone else try the chicken fried bacon last year? How about
the chocolate covered strawberry waffle balls? Again, I repeat,
Cornmeal Fried Catfish:
4 (6 oz) catfish fillets
1 slightly beaten egg
1 cup corn meal
2 tbspn flour
1 tbspn rock salt
1 tspn black pepper
1 tspn cayenne pepper
I use my Cool Daddy for this recipe, but I have read recipes where
they use bacon drippings, too.
Mix the dry ingredients in a gallon sized plastic bag, set aside.
Rinse the catfish fillets, then coat with the slightly beaten egg, put the
fillet in the plastic bag and shake until thoroughly coated. Put the corn
meal encrusted fillet into the oil (carefully) and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Drain on a paper towel.
*For my sons, I dice up their fillets and serve them cornmeal encrusted
catfish nuggets. There have never been any leftovers!
Cornmeal Catfish nuggets. YUM!
Jenn McKinlay SPRNKLE WITH MURDER -- March 2010
(aka Lucy Lawrence -- STUCK ON MURDER -- Sept 2009)
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