Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tiny house cooking; Jon's home fried catfish recipe.

     About a year and a half ago, Charles and I really started getting back into fishing. We started with bass, using plastic and rubber lures... Then went to crappie, using power bait and worms... But I was feeling the desire to catch something BIG and that would put up a hell of a fight... That's when i found my love for cat fishing! Its a great lazy guy sport that still requires talent. You simply find the best bait and the best type of rig and pole to use, throw your bait in and sit back and wait for the strike! The beauty of cat fishing is that it really pays off and puts some tasty food on the table. Don't get me wrong, I love animals but I also am not afraid to use the resources I have available to live. On the first good fishing night that we had, me and Charles caught around 6 or 7 good sized catfish between us. I found an old recipe from my mom and modified it to add my own signature to fried catfish. Here is the recipe I give to you!
     Ingredients: *Cat fish nuggets or fillets (4-10 pounds depending on how many guest your frying for)
tiny house cooking*3 cups white flour                             *1 cup yellow corn meal
*3 tablespoons pepper medley
*3 tablespoons salt
*1 1/2-2 tablespoons creole seasonings
*2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
*2 tablespoons sugar (I use sugar for a slight sweetness but did not use it in this video do to some family members being diabetic)

*2 cups milk (for milk bath)
*salt&pepper 1 tablespoon each

     In a large plastic container, mix flour, corn meal, pepper, salt, creole seasoning, Italian seasoning, and sugar together until evenly mixed.
     In a separate large bowl, add 2 cups of milk and your salt and pepper, whisk together.
     Add you catfish nuggets to the milk, making sure all pieces are evenly covered. You may have to do 2 batches. Let the fish soak for 5 minutes in the milk bath.
     You'll want to move the fish directly from the milk to the batter, evenly coating and flipping the fish in the batter. Make sure to press the batter firmly into the fish, leaving no raw fish exposed. Set aside.

tinyhouse cooking, how to fry cat fishCooking instructions:   In a large skillet, pour 2" depth of oil. Heat oil to 365 degrees which is the perfect frying temperature.
     Once your oil is heated and ready, you will want to add your batter cat fish, 1 piece at a time. The fish should begin to fry the second it hits the oil. Don't be afraid to fill the pan, so long as you have room to flip.
     Flip fish frequently, every 3 minutes or so, until golden brown.

tiny house cooking, how to fry cat fish
Chances are, you will have several batches to fry. Feel free to add new pieces to the pan as you remove the other. This will make the process move much faster, rather than waiting for the pan to empty.
     As you remove cooked pieces, place them on a large platter, cover with paper towels to absorb any access oils.
     There you have it, you just fried the best cat fish in town! Invite you friends and enjoy!!!

     Below is a 6 minute instructional video which shows my whole process of preparing the batter and frying the fish. Please take a moment to watch the video if you have any questions.

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