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Fried Catfish Recipe
I do love a good fish-fry, made with crispy cornmeal-breaded catfish fillets.
Fried Catfish
Photo: Terry Vine Photography

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 4 catfish fillets (1 pound total)
  • Lemon wedges, vinegar and/or store-bought tartar sauce, for serving

Directions


Pour the oil to a 1/2-inch depth in a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat. Line a plate with paper towels and set it aside.

Place the cornmeal in a medium-size bowl and stir in the salt and pepper until combined.

Dredge the fillets in the cornmeal mixture to coat on both sides.

Reduce the heat to medium. Place the fillets in the skillet and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 5 to 6 minutes; then transfer them to the paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Serve the fillets hot, with the lemon wedges, vinegar and/or tartar sauce.

From Come Home to Supper (Workman) by Christy Jordan.

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      Serves 4

      Ingredients

      • 1 bag (24 ounces) frozen vegetable blend of your choice
      • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
      • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
      • 1 Tbsp. dry-ranch-dressing mix, lemon-pepper seasoning or seasoning blend of your choice

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        Makes 6 burgers

        Ingredients

        • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
        • 1 medium-size egg
        • 1 package (1 ounce) dried-onion-soup mix
        • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil (optional)
        • Sliced cheese of your choice, for serving (optional)
        • 6 hamburger buns, for serving
        • Lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, onions and/or avocado (or anything else that interests you!), for serving (optional)

        Directions


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          Serves 4

          Ingredients

          • 3 to 5 slices bacon
          • 1 small onion, chopped
          • 1 can (29 ounces) green beans, drained
          • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, with liquid
          • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
          • 1/4 tsp. ground, black pepper (optional)

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            Serves 4

            Ingredients

            • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
            • 4 pork chops (each about 1/2-inch thick)
            • 1 cup Coca-Cola
            • 1 cup ketchup

            Directions


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