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Fried Catfish and 3 Sides

Southern cook Paula Deen is known for preparing delicious down-home dishes. This week, Paula continues her trip down memory lane with old friends and shows us the family's “Riverbend,” in her hometown of Albany, Georgia.

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Fried Catfish Fillets 
(
serves 4–8)

8 (5 to 6-ounce) catfish fillets, skin removed
Salt, Pepper
Old Bay seasoning
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal (Alabama King)
Peanut Oil, for frying

  • Bring water, salt and Old Bay to a boil and turn off heat.

  • Heat a fryer or a deep pot halfway filled with oil to 350°.

  • Coat both sides of each catfish fillet with salt, pepper and seafood seasoning. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and the cornmeal.

  • Dredge the catfish in the flour mixture and place in fryer.

  • Deep fry for approximately 7 to 8 minutes until done. Drain on paper towels

Hushpuppies
(
serves 4–8)

2 cup peanut oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal,1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, chopped,1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten

  • Using a deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees F.

  • Using a mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the onion.

  • In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until blended.

  • Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy
    is dropped in the oil.

  • Fry until golden brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking process.

Cole Slaw
(
serves 6–8)

1/2 bell pepper, chopped,1 green onion, chopped
1/2 large carrot, chopped
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves,1/2 cabbage head
1/2 cup mayonnaise,1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • In a food processor, gently process the bell pepper, onion, carrot, and parsley, being careful not to over process.

  • Cut 1/2 of the cabbage into chunks and place in the food processor and process lightly, making sure the
    cabbage doesn't become mushy.

  • Slice the remaining cabbage thinly. Mix the cabbage together with the processed vegetables.

  • In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together and allow to stand
    for a few minutes.

  • Combine the mayonnaise mixture with the vegetables and toss. Chill for 1 hour.

Plain Grits
(
serves 4–6)

2 cups water,1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking grits (not instant)
1/2 stick butter

  • In a small pot, bring the water, milk, and salt to a boil.

  • Slowly stir the grits into the boiling mixture. Stir continuously and thoroughly until grits are well mixed. Let the pot return to a boil, cover with a lid, lower the temperature, and cook for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary.

  • Grits are done when they have the consistency of smooth cream of wheat. Stir in the butter and serve.

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