November 6, 2010

FRIED CATFISH AND HUSH PUPPIES


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1 jalapeno pepper,
1 1/2 tbsp. chopped onion
2/3 c. buttermilk
3 eggs
2 3/4 c. cornmeal
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying
1 1/2 lb. catfish fillets, about 6

1. For the hush puppies: Mince jalapeno, if using. Combine the onion, buttermilk, 1 egg and the jalapeno. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the cornmeal, the sugar, baking powder, soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir wet ingredients into dry. 2. Shape dough into approximately 1 inch balls. 3. Heat oven to 200 degrees. Heat 1 inch oil in a heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot (350 degrees), carefully add hush puppies. Fry until golden brown, about w minutes. Drain on paper towels and put on a baking sheet in oven to keep warm.4. For the catfish: Combine remaining 1 1/4 cups cornmeal, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Beat remaining 2 eggs. Dredge catfish in cornmeal mixture. Dip into the beaten eggs and coat again with the cornmeal mixture. 5. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Makes 4 servings.

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