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.
CAT 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
Work 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.
HUSH PUPPIES: Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in the center of mixture.
Combine egg and next 4 ingredients, stir well, add to dry ingredients in the well, stirring just until moistened.
Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch Oven or large sauce pan heat to 375 degrees.
Drop 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.