Otis’s Select Catfish Stew

One of the Southerner’s most favorite passion is fishing. With all the beautiful lakes, rivers and ponds scattered around the south, fishing offers an enjoyable pastime events usually passed down through the generations. Nothing excites the young more than a cane pole, worms/crickets in a bucket, a corked fishing line, and a “nibble” of a fish while sitting with daddy, grand-daddy, or grandmother at the edge of a fish filled river or pond. Memories like this fill my mind and soul when I remember this activity with my father.

Another fond memory I have of him was the way the cooked all the fish we caught and cleaned. The cleaning was not delightful but essential. He had his own way to deep fry the fish. The most amazing thing I remember is that he never failed to cook the best tasting fish on earth..Every time without fail! He would separate the various species of fish in separate bowls and cooked each one differently. The only (and I must admit) fish he prepared two different ways was the catfish. His best recipe was the catfish stew. He prepared this stew for lawyers, doctors, and several senators of our state. From festive occasions to the family suppers, he always prepared the stew this same way.

6 catfish boiled in water and boned 6 white potatoes peeled and diced

4 large onions chopped 1/2 lb fatback fried and cut up into 1 inch pieces

1 stick margarine 1 1/2 quarts sweet milk

1 8 oz. can cream salt/pepper

Cook catfish in boiling water. Add 3 to 4 tsps. of salt and sprinkle in pepper. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until white in color in water. De-bone catfish if fresh. If catfish fillets are used, boil for the same time. Cook potatoes and onions in the water you boiled and de-boned catfish in until potatoes and onions are done. Add fish, strips of fried fatback drippings and margarine. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cool and stir in milk and cream. Heat mixture until hot stirring so meat will not stick. Serve with oyster or saltine crackers. Some like ketchup added in their bowls of stew. Either way, it is great! Enjoy daddy’s famous catfish stew.

Source by Dorne Sandifer

Post Author: MNS Master