Catfish a la Road

“You have to wonder about a food that everyone agrees is great, except that sometimes, it tastes like what it is.” –P.J. O’Rourke.

The holiday season for my family means travel time, generally consisting of another bottom-numbing, nightmarish 20-hour road trip from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania.  However, our two kids are quite the troopers and we try to make the most out of our nomadic lifestyle, having fun whenever possible.  We also treat ourselves to a stop at Cracker Barrel.

This family style restaurant has something for everyone and for my daughter and me; they do a fine fried catfish.  You won’t even need the tartar sauce.  However, they will not share their recipe.  If their recipe is missing anything, it is a little heat.  So, I found this recipe from author, friend, and expert on catfish, Keith “Catfish” Sutton, in an interview by Joe Mosby:

“My favorite recipe came from a Louisiana friend. Pour a bottle of Louisiana hot sauce in a half-gallon of milk. Stir. Soak all the catfish in this mixture for an hour or two before breading in seasoned cornmeal and deep-frying in peanut oil heated to 365 degrees. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Don’t overcook or it won’t be as good.”

Holidays can be stressful enough.  It is wise to stick with the tried-and-true traditional favorite recipes. Or, at least let the pros do their thing in their kitchen.  Otherwise, your relatives may not return.

On second thought…

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.