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Acrats De Morue (Catfish Fritters)

1 1/2 c Flour, all-purpose
1/2 ts Salt
2 md Eggs
3 tb Butter, unsalted; melted, cooled
1 c Milk, whole
1/2 lb Salt codfish
1 ea Pepper, hot; seeded
2 ea Scallions; chopped fine
1 ea Garlic cloves; crushed
1 tb Parsley; chopped
1/2 ts Thyme
1 ea Allspice berry; ground
Pepper, black; to taste
Oil, vegetable

Sift flour and salt into bowl. Beat eggs with butter and add to flour mixture. Add milk gradually, stirring only to mix. Add more milk if batter is too stiff. Cover, allow to stand 3 hours. Meanwhile, soak fish in cold water. Drain, remove bones and skin. Pound fish in mortar with hot pepper. Add scallions, garlic, parsley, thyme, allspice, and black pepper to taste. Stir into batter and stand 30 minutes.

Heat oil in deep fryer (375F) and fry mixture by heaping tablespoons until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm.

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