The Bulldogs of Mississippi State play the Kentucky Wildcats at home this weekend. In a game predicted to have a 7 point spread, the Wildcats will have to bounce back from a tough loss last week. Mississippi State is ranked and more than happy to bring home their seventh win in what was supposed to be a six-win season, at best! This building year has turned out to be a big season for the Bulldogs, who are on the brink of proving themselves. Kentucky is the next win they are looking for, and after the so-so season the Wildcats have endured, it seems likely.
A SEC showdown in the mud-cat state can only mean one thing — catfish! So, not only am I featuring catfish on your tailgating menu, but I am frying it! I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate for Mississippi — so let’s get to frying!
To begin, coat each catfish fillet with a cornmeal mixture. For every 4 fillets, mix 1 cup yellow cornmeal, and 1 tablespoon seasoning salt. Then, press each fillet into the mixture, ensuring both sides are completely covered in cornmeal. Set the coated fish aside, until you are ready to cook. Then, in a frying pan, heat a generous amount of vegetable oil. As I have described in an earlier recipe, you will know the oil is hot enough when you stick the end of a wooden spoon in the oil, and bubbles come up from the handle. Place the catfish in the oil, and cook for a few minutes on each side, until it is a golden brown color.
Remove from the pan, and let drain on paper towels until ready to serve. Top the catfish off with a dollop of homemade tartar sauce. To make it, mix mayonnaise with chopped capers and fresh parsley to taste, and a generous amount of fresh lemon juice.
I like to serve this catfish on a bed of arugula, but you can substitute the greens with anything you like. For my recipe, I simply tossed the lettuce with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and seasoned with salt and pepper. The flavors of the arugula and dressing compliment the fried catfish, and you will be sure to enjoy this recipe!
What is Mississippi without a good mudslide? For this Mississippi inspired drink, I poured over ice: 4 ounces milk, 1 ounce Bailey’s, 1/2 an ounce of creme de cacao, and 1/2 an ounce of vodka. Stir, and serve! I hope you enjoy a weekend of fried foods, and delicious drinks, but most importantly come back next week for another gameday of grub!
List of ingredients & Cooking Items:
What to Pack for your Tailgate:
- Frying Pan
- Paper Towels
- Vegetable Oil
What you Should Have in Your Pantry:
- Yellow Cornmeal – 1 cup
- Seasoning Salt – 1 Tbsp.
- Olive Oil
What you Need to Buy:
- Catfish Fillets – 1 per person
- Fresh Parsley
From Your Stash:
- Milk – 4 oz.
- Bailey’s – 1 oz.
- Vodka – 1/2 oz.
- Creme de Cacao – 1/2 oz.