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.
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
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
salt, pepper and garlic.
two and a quarter cups of corn meal
For a lighter hushpuppy, substitute your
favorite beer for the liquid.
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.
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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