Though I live in Alabama I LOVE Mississippi catfish and hush puppies. My husband helped build a shopping center in the Mississippi Delta and I would tag along sometimes. His first cousin lived in Mississippi and he took us to his Cat Fish Restaurant. That began an addiction for Mississippi Cat Fish and Hush Puppies. I wanted their recipe so bad. This one is reported to belong to the wife of a Mississippi catfish farmer in the Mississippi Delta.
MISSISSIPPI CAT FISH FILETS
2 quarts or more
yellow corn meal
freshly ground black pepper
MISSISSIPPI HUSH PUPPIES (MAKES 18)
yellow self rising corn meal
self rising flour
chopped green bell pepper
jalapeno pepper, chopped
1CAT FISH:Pour oil into a large cast iron or heavy bottom skillet to a depth of 3 inches; heat over medium high heat until hot but NOT smoking. 350 - 360 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2Meanwhile, combine corn meal, flour, seasoned salt, garlic salt, lemon pepper, cayenne, and black pepper to taste in a large shallow dish. Thoroughly dredge catfish fillets, gently shaking off excess.
3Work in 2 batches to avoid crowding, fry catfish in hot oil. It takes about 5-6 minutes on one side before turning or until golden brown. Transfer fillets with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Season with salt to taste.
4HUSH PUPPIES: Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in the center of mixture.
5Combine egg and next 4 ingredients, stir well, add to dry ingredients in the well, stirring just until moistened.
6Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch Oven or large sauce pan heat to 375 degrees.
7Drop batter by rounded tablespoon fulls into oil, fry in batches. 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve while hot.