Jewel's StoryThough 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.
Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 13, 2010
Homemade Tartar Sauce to use with Cat Fish:
1/2 cup mayonnaise - 1/4 cup sweet relish - 2 Tablespoons salad dressing - 1 Tablespoon sugar - 1/2 tsp dry minced parsley - 1/4 tsp onion powder ~~~~ Mix well and store in refrigerator ~~~ Makes one cup.
Vivian Queen-Chase MsVivian - Nov 13, 2010
Hi Jewel, sounds good, we'll try soon. Southerners do love good Catfish.
Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 14, 2010
They do Vivian, enjoy !! Jewel
Bea L. BeachChic - Nov 15, 2010
Now this is the kind of meal I love along with boiled potatoes and cole slaw. Now that's what I'm talking about!!! :)
Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 15, 2010
Bea, are you retired from Public Relations? Or politics? You do a great job communication here and you put forth a special effort. I appreciate you very much along with many others on this site. And, about this recipe? It simply doesn't get much better than this meal in my book. I'm trying to decide about my dinner and the catfish does sound tempting....You are lovely and I'll bet ye' the kind of person who can pop in unannounced, feel right at home, be a very welcomed guest and be totally at home in my kitchen...I love that...