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July 5th, 2004

Southern Fish Fry
By Jim Hatch

The easiest cooker we have found is the Presto Granpappy deep fryer. A larger version of the standard fryer most folks are familiar with. It holds a goodly portion of fish at a time and speeds up the meal preparation process allowing most everything to still be hot for the meal. Ace Hardware's online site currently has them for about $35.00 shipped to your door. Best price I've seen anywhere. After preparing your meal, you can put paper towels in a small colander over a mixing bowl and quickly strain the grease for next use. Just put the snap-on lid back on the fryer when the grease has cooled. No refrigeration required.

Catfish Nuggets

When I fillet catfish, I trim the fillets up nice and neat and any small chunks remaining become nuggets.

To prepare, I either shake in a baggie with self-rising flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt or powder to taste, or I dip them in a batter made by combining:

    1 cup of self-rising flour
    one egg
    salt, pepper and garlic.

After mixing, I add water an continue mixing until it is the consistency of buttermilk. Makes an easy and tasty batter. Can use lemon pepper spices rather than garlic if preferred. Drop the nuggets in the hot grease. After they rise to the surface for half a minute or so they take on a nice light brown color and are ready to remove to a paper towel covered plate to drain. Can be served with various dipping sauces, added to vegitable stir fries at the table, or eaten like fish fillets with your regular fish fry trimmings.

Hush Puppies

    two and a quarter cups of corn meal
    3 Tablespoons of self rising flour
    1 Tablespoon sugar
    1 small onion finely chopped
    one egg, beaten.
    Add about one cup of milk or water until about the consistency of cornbread mix.

For a lighter hushpuppy, substitute your favorite beer for the liquid.

The hushpuppies rise up and become quite light and you will not taste the beer.

Drop the batter into your hot grease a teaspoon at a time. When they have risen and floated on the surface until light brown remove to a plate with paper towels to drain. ~ Jim Hatch

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