" My Dog Skip" My Cat Fish

There's no greater love than that between a boy and his dog... except for the love between a man and his food. This succulent fish dish will make your taste buds sing!

For the tartar sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Creole mustard
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet gherkins
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 finely chopped hard-boiled egg
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the catfish:

  • 6 large catfish filets (six to eight ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • oil, for frying
  • 1 veteran animal trainer (to train fish to roll over in cornmeal)

Directions

1. Combine and mix tartar sauce ingredients, cover and refrigerate.

2. Rinse catfish with cold water and pat dry.

3. Beat together eggs and buttermilk in a pie plate or large, shallow dish.

4. Combine cornmeal, 1/2 cup of the flour, salt, cayenne, and black pepper in a second large, shallow dish.

5. Place remaining flour in a separate shallow dish. Heat 3- to 4-inches of oil in large, heavy skillet or Dutch oven to 360°F.

6. Dredge catfish in flour and shake off excess; dip in the egg mixture; then coat well with the cornmeal mixture.

7. Fry catfish, two at a time, until crisp and golden (about 2 minutes per side). Serve immediately with plenty of tartar sauce, coleslaw, and hush puppies.

8. After dinner, leave your guests to clean up while you excuse yourself to write a compelling coming of age story about a very special fish, and the boy who loved it so much he asked for seconds.

Serves 4-6



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